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The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) Reviews

February 24, 2017
Some films are a speeding train. This one is a hammock on a Saturday afternoon.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 23, 2017
There's no dialogue, the pace is quite slow and the meaning of the story is subject to interpretation. Yet once you're on its wavelength, the film is a mesmerizing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 23, 2017
Few films have used color and light with such acuity - from the near monochrome of moonlight on a desolate beach to the infinite, illuminated shades of green in a bamboo forest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 16, 2017
The Red Turtle is a profoundly simple meditation on the many ways we've become alienated from nature and from the Earth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 15, 2017
Although the story is slight, the film leaves viewers with a lasting, haunting impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 14, 2017
In its artfully drawn frames, a simple and universal story unfolds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 9, 2017
This is one of those animations that creates a world so beautiful the characters need only wander around in it.
February 9, 2017
Kids and families are all but guaranteed to return home from the theater profoundly touched.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 9, 2017
Watching "The Red Turtle" ... is like falling into an 80-minute wormhole of spare artistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 3, 2017
It's possible that you will feel slightly underwhelmed by the end, even as you murmur to yourself, "Well, that was lovely." But underwhelmed is not quite the same as disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 27, 2017
A fable, beautifully drawn in calm, soothing colors, it doesn't even have dialogue, let alone a throbbing soundtrack. Those sounds you hear are the sounds of silence, and eventually they become hypnotic.
January 27, 2017
A full animated feature of rich themes and breathtaking imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 26, 2017
Wholly original, yet informed by legends of both the East and West, it invites us to contemplate humanity's connections to the natural world and the realm of the spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 26, 2017
This quiet meditation on humans' relationship with nature hews to Ghibli's core values of exquisitely rendered visual images combined with gently ruminative sensibilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 25, 2017
If you want to see it as a parable, that's up to you. In all ways, the film plays its hand gently.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 23, 2017
The lack of dialogue may skew towards the experimental, but The Red Turtle's humanity is completely experiential in a way that matches the best Studio Ghibli joints.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 23, 2017
The Red Turtle succeeds as both a sumptuous story of humanity's potential for unity with nature and an example of the unique human capacity for understanding through art.
January 21, 2017
A thoroughly disarming fairy tale, one that initially appears familiar, but eventually reveals itself to be something new, and altogether unexpected.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 20, 2017
The delicacy of the animated movie The Red Turtle... is so quietly breathtaking that to call it a tone poem doesn't quite do the film justice.
January 19, 2017
Should you see The Red Turtle? Yes, definitely if you're willing to take in the hypnotic images without worrying about the plot (which is almost as simple as it seems) or waiting for a telling piece of dialogue.
January 19, 2017
"The Red Turtle" practices a minor, gentle magic. It wants you to smile and say, "Ahh," rather than gasp and say, "Wow."
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January 19, 2017
The animators don't overplay the loveliness, preferring subdued colors punctuated by the occasional vivid blue. Red rarely appears, and the many dream sequences are as gray as the night from which they emerge.
Top Critic
January 19, 2017
Like Ghibli's classic films, especially Hayao Miyazaki's, it lavishes as much attention on the natural world as the creatures who inhabit it.
January 19, 2017
It invites us - as in, anyone who's ever felt stranded - to consider our little spot in the world. Lavish with stunning imagery, the experience will ripple into your dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 18, 2017
Dudok de Wit modulates our emotions in sophisticated ways, first accessing the awe of The Black Stallion, then straight-up guilt and, finally, an evolution that can't be explained by anything other than hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 17, 2016
"The Red Turtle" is a visually stunning poetic fable, but there's more on its mind than simply beauty.
November 16, 2016
Though some may find its allusiveness and magical-realist turns to be overly fanciful, The Red Turtle nevertheless remains throughout a simple, gripping story of survival ...
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 16, 2016
The Red Turtle will make you want to ... discover your own private island paradise.
May 18, 2016
This is a quiet little masterpiece of images, each one rich with meaning, that collectively speak to a universal process.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
May 18, 2016
Like The Red Turtle's shipwrecked protagonist, you have to simply stop fighting the current and go with the flow.
May 18, 2016
A fable so simple, so pure, it feels as if it has existed for hundreds of years, like a brilliant shard of sea glass rendered smooth and elegant through generations of retelling.