Gedo senki (Tales from Earthsea)
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From famed Japanese animators Studio Ghibli comes "Tales from Earthsea," a sweeping adventure set in a mythical world filled with magic and bewitchment. An epic tale of redemption and self-discovery, the story follows the journey of Lord Archmage Sparrowhawk (voice of Timothy Dalton), the master wizard, as he searches for the force behind a mysterious disturbance that has caused an imbalance in the land of Earthsea-suddenly crops and livestock are dwindling, dragons have reappeared and humanity is giving way to chaos. Along the way he rescues Arren (voice of Matt Levin), a troubled… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

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"A workmanlike, humorless cartoon."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"The themes and memorable imagery in Earthsea will be familiar to fans of Studio Ghibli, but the storytelling and animation are a step behind."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"An overly stoic, pretentious, boring, unimaginative trainwreck that just happens to have been made by some of the greatest animators in the history of Japanese anime."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"...an ill-conceived story for Western audiences who will blanch at its bizarre embrace of patricide that its young protagonist commits before escaping on a journey of guided self-discovery."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"A wizard and his apprentice battle an evil necromancer who is searching for immortality in this animated adventure drawn from the writings of Ursula K. Le Guin."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"If this starchy, nearly two-hour allegory about human hubris bluntly addresses a historical moment when global warming threatens the planet and pollution is fouling the seas, its chilly, formal tone keeps you at an emotional distance."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"There's a whole lot going on in the Japanese anime fantasy Tales From Earthsea, so why is it such a bore?"
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"A passable piece from the junior Miyazaki, and one only hopes the reservation in voice felt here will be far more loosened in future projects."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"It's interesting that Tales From Earthsea was originally released in 2006... especially since it seems like in four years, someone could have found a way to make it more interesting."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, Cinematical
"Stylish animation isn't enough to save violent adaptation."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"The Miyazaki legacy is in good hands."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Abstruse and confusing, Tales from Earthsea's story grows increasingly blurry the closer it gets to what should be a deeply satisfying conclusion."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"A flawed but ambitious film, full of potent mythic images — battling dragons; a shadowy doppelganger — but one that fails ultimately to resolve those images in a satisfying way."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"As dark as The Last Unicorn or The Dark Crystal, though a shade less lyrical."
‑ Amy Nicholson, Boxoffice Magazine
"I came in to Tales from Earthsea hoping to be wowed, and came out half-asleep."
‑ Jordan Hoffman, UGO
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