The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge)
The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017)

Through the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds, The Red Turtle recounts the milestones in the life of a human being.

Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 20, 2017
DVD Release Date: May 2, 2017
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Red Turtle adds to Studio Ghibli's estimable legacy with a beautifully animated effort whose deceptively simple story boasts narrative layers as richly absorbing as its lovely visuals.

Adam Graham
Detroit News

Some films are a speeding train. This one is a hammock on a Saturday afternoon.

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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

The Red Turtle is a profoundly simple meditation on the many ways we've become alienated from nature and from the Earth.

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Randall King
Winnipeg Free Press

It is remarkable how seamless is the blend between de Wit's wry minimalist sensibility and Ghibli's penchant for evoking natural beauty in a style that looks like a water colour had life breathed into it.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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.

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James Berardinelli

Although the story is slight, the film leaves viewers with a lasting, haunting impression.

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Daniel Krauze
El Financiero

Although the protagonist never says a word, and although director MichaŽl Dudok de Wit doesn't explain the fantastic elements that are at the center of the story, The Red Turtle hooks from beginning to end. [Full review in Spanish]

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

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.

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Melanie McFarland
Seattle Times

In its artfully drawn frames, a simple and universal story unfolds.

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Abby Olcese

Every scene is stunning to look at, and the experience of watching it is both calming and moving.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A gorgeous animated film that doesn't need words to profoundly move us, making it really hard to keep our eyes dry while watching it. Full review on… More
Kevin M. Williams
Superb and poetic look at humanity through the days of a soul shipwrecked alone on the proverbial deserted island. Very good stuff!
Mark Hobin
The Red Turtle coasts on ambient noise and wildlife sounds. Assisting the atmosphere is the sumptuous score of composer Laurent Perez Del Mar. By itself, the… More
Luke Eberhardt
'The Red Turtle' is a French and Japanese co-production as the directorial feature debut of animator; Michael Dudok De Wit. Studio Ghibli on the other… More
KJ Proulx
Every since Hayao Miyazaki left Studio Ghibli and directing in general, it was clear that something was going to be missing from future Ghibli films. That being… More
Alec Barniskis
A gorgeously animated fairy tale. The lack of dialogue is wonderful as I'm tired of animated films screaming nonsense at me.