The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) Reviews

December 10, 2018
Visual splendor without a narrative shell.
August 29, 2018
The touch of magic realism doesn't help you escape the feeling that this arthouse Fantasy Island is a feature-length inspirational poster.
November 10, 2017
With nary a word, The Red Turtle manages to speak in lofty, unconvincing tones.
June 2, 2017
While admiring the atmospheric animation I was left a little underwhelmed by the ponderous narrative.
June 1, 2017
The images are tamely drawn; the tale is wanly evolved.
February 16, 2017
Lovely to look at, but lesser Ghibli.
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.
January 19, 2017
The hand-drawn animation is absolutely gorgeous... Yet I found The Red Turtle to be relentlessly depressing, tainted by cruelty.
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.
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.