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
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Critic Score: 91% 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.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

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.

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Sam Adams
Slate

Like Ghibli's classic films, especially Hayao Miyazaki's, it lavishes as much attention on the natural world as the creatures who inhabit it.

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Keith Phipps
Uproxx

Dudok de Wit makes every scene gripping. It also doubles as an example of the universal power of visual storytelling.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

"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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Joe McGovern
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

The Red Turtle is an elegant reminder that hand-drawn animation has a unique grace that no CGI animation can replicate, regardless of how well it's executed.

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Mark Jenkins
NPR

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.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

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.

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Andy Crump
The Playlist

"The Red Turtle" is poetry made cinema, an exquisite existential allegory that says everything without having to say anything at all.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
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!
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
Ian Walker
The story of life told in a beautiful and charming style. Another wonderful film from Studio Ghibli. Very touching and thought provoking.