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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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

With The Red Turtle, where a man's solitude is relieved by a moment of wonder, it's fantastically difficult to decide which is more amazing -- nature's power or humanity's art.

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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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Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

Sumptuous, survivalist fable. Because of its leisurely, dreamlike pace, I suspect its appeal will be more to adults than children.

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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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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Ultimately a mediation not only on what it means to be human but, more significantly, what it means to be as one with the natural order of the world.

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