The Secret of Kells Reviews

August 5, 2019
Its skillful balancing act of paganism and Christianity in its evocation of medieval Celtic spirituality is both fascinating and enchanting.
August 13, 2018
The rich colors, lavish designs and charming characters are capable of captivating even the most avid fans of computer animation.
November 13, 2013
Kells has a decidedly pleasing-to-the-eye, retro-cartoon vibe ( ... ) an intriguing and rare artistic subgenre
September 5, 2013
Very few animated films have had such a mesmerizing, puzzle-like quality.
August 29, 2013
This is perhaps the most enchanting and zealous animated endeavor you will see this side of the Pixar lineup.
March 19, 2011
...there's never a point at which the viewer is wholeheartedly drawn into the admittedly simple narrative.
December 31, 2010
A unique film visually, but the story and characters are a bit weak and the pacing is a bit slow.
October 11, 2010
Steeped in both magic and mythology, The Secret Of Kells offers a refreshing alternative to Hollywood fare.
October 6, 2010
Combining a classic fairytale trajectory with a singular aesthetic that fuses Celtic and Christian mythology, this stunning film is yet another example of the rude health of contemporary animation.
October 6, 2010
Tomm Moore's Irish animation, drawn with painstaking reference to both Celtic myth and medieval manuscripts, possesses a lively originality that shows Europe's animators not far behind America's and in some ways in front of them.
October 4, 2010
This understated Irish charmer deserves to reach a wider audience, if only to remind people that animation is a diverse medium that can be exploited in numerous ways to tell all sorts of stories.
September 30, 2010
Hand-drawn and watercoloured, the animation is as sublime as a stained-glass window.
September 30, 2010
The look of the film is simply ravishing.
September 30, 2010
A low-key pleasure.
September 30, 2010
A feast for the eyes that manages to be both whimsical and sinister.
September 30, 2010
While this is a handsome picture that laudably avoids patronising its audience, it's not always as child-friendly as it might be.
September 29, 2010
Unlike anything else you've seen, and very much worth seeking out, this is a unique and beautiful creation.
September 29, 2010
The story is a bit tangled, and there is too much of it packed into nearly 80 minutes, but little kids won't be bothered when the animation is so magical.
September 29, 2010
The movie equivalent of Kim Kardashian - delightful to look at in motion, but after a while you realise there's not a lot going on.
September 29, 2010
Engaging, beautifully animated drama that plays like a children's storybook come to life, with a strong message, appealing characters and a distinctive visual style.