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Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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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.
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.
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]
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.
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.