The Secret of Kells
The Secret of Kells (2010)

Young Brendan lives in the Abbey of Kells, a remote medieval outpost under siege from raiding barbarians. One day a celebrated master illuminator arrives from foreign lands carrying an ancient but unfinished book, brimming with secret… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: March 12, 2010
DVD Release Date: October 5, 2010
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Beautifully drawn and refreshingly calm, The Secret of Kells hearkens back to animation's golden age with an enchanting tale inspired by Irish mythology.

Cath Clarke
Time Out

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.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Secret of Kells has elements of a quest adventure and a coming-of-age story, but it's more beautifully stylized and astutely abstracted than the average kiddie cartoon.

Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine

Kells has a decidedly pleasing-to-the-eye, retro-cartoon vibe ( ... ) an intriguing and rare artistic subgenre

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A gorgeous blend of the magical and the gloriously trippy.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Just a couple of minutes into this beautifully drawn, intricately rendered Irish import, you understand why the movie earned the Academy's attention.

Josh Larsen

Very few animated films have had such a mesmerizing, puzzle-like quality.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

A breathtaking mixture of Celtic mythology and creative animation.

Tom Long
Detroit News

In the end, the film is about a magical book, but you never really have a sense of what makes the book magical.

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David Keyes

This is perhaps the most enchanting and zealous animated endeavor you will see this side of the Pixar lineup.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Laden with the magic of childhood like donuts are covered in powdered sugar this simple tale about the creation of a book is less about story and impact than… More
Mark Hobin
Animated Irish folk tale about young Brendan, an apprentice in a monastery who becomes obsessed with completing the legendary Book of Kells, a treasured… More
Matthew Slaven
A rare modern animation with a sense of soul, not directed by the appeal of focus groups. After the opening scene, a young member of my family was already… More
Kylie B
This is a stunning piece of work; by turns sweet, terrifying and sad, and always so beautiful thanks to its quirky art style.
Jennifer Xu
The biggest surprise of the past year's Academy Awards wasn't the triumph of Kathryn Bigelow or the ominous inclusion of "The Blind Side" to… More
danny d
without question one of the most unique animated films ever made. the story was simple but engaging, the voice acting was solid, and the animation among the… More