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The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) Reviews

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November 21, 2016
Add The Red Turtle to the growing stack of largely disappointing films from Ghibli's new generation of untested directors.
October 7, 2016
There's no doubt that The Red Turtle is charming and enchanting, but it's muted tone, leisurely pace and jarring lack of dialogue in the last half make for a less emotive conclusion than the simple story could have earned.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
January 26, 2017
Though not a canonical Ghibli picture, the fact that their last two features The Tale of the Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There centered on well-conceived female characters makes the gender politics here doubly disappointing.
February 16, 2017
Lovely to look at, but lesser Ghibli.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 19, 2017
The hand-drawn animation is absolutely gorgeous... Yet I found The Red Turtle to be relentlessly depressing, tainted by cruelty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 21, 2016
To this viewer, too, The Red Turtle resembles a short film padded to feature length, and I confess that its 80 minutes felt very long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 4, 2017
The Red Turtle is a wondrous work of animation, that will surprise with how it hides profundity within its seemingly simplistic narrative.
January 27, 2017
The animation of The Red Turtle is exquisite, making the film a visual splendor. But the story itself is almost simplistic to a fault, flirting with the fantastical but not going far enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 14, 2016
Dudok de Wit tells his tale in deft, economical strokes, without adding superfluous detail.
January 27, 2017
A hypnotic story, risky and overflowing with sensitivity that arouses curiosity, tension, surprise, admiration, empathy or emotion. [Full review in Spanish]
February 3, 2017
A calm, quietly touching beauty, a fable about man, nature, family, the environment -- I don't know, life itself.
May 19, 2016
MichaŽl Dudok De Wit excels at producing compelling drama from such extreme self-imposed limitations.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 27, 2017
A magical love story - the romance between a castaway and a natural spirit - that explores the relationship between human beings and nature. [Full review in Spanish]
February 23, 2017
The first non-Japanese animation from Studio Ghibli is a simple fable on paper, but this heart-rending depiction of a man stranded on a desert island is a tour de force in visual storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 10, 2017
A fable of love to the union of respect and armony with Nature, which doesn't need words to convey the breadth of nuances within the relationship between the shipwrecked and the mysterious turtle. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 14, 2016
A simple but deep animation jewel that sticks in your head for hours after leaving the movie theater. [Full review in Spanish]
February 7, 2017
... a work of poignant and exquisitely understated storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 14, 2017
It is this delicate thing, capable of making an audience laugh and cry and smile all at the same time. It is not to be missed.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
January 25, 2017
It's more sensation than story --more impressionistic than thematic. As an accomplishment alone, it should be held as a landmark... but as a narrative rather than as an object to admire, it struggles to have anything salient to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.9/10
September 16, 2016
The Red Turtle is an exquisite piece of art, a breathless celebration of nature, and an achingly beautiful story of survival against all odds that feels like a fairy tale in its delivery. In other words, it is essential viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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