Luca (2021)

Luca (2021)

Luca (2021)

Pixar's coming-of-age adventure follows two boys and their newfound friendship during one summer in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera. They're also sea monsters, disguised as humans among the villagers who hunt and fear their kind. The feature debut from Enrico Casarosa, writer-director of Oscar-nominated Pixar short La Luna, who had this to say about Luca: "This is a deeply personal story for me, not only because it’s set on the Italian Riviera where I grew up, but because at the core of this film is a celebration of friendship."

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Luca (2021) / Reviews

Flicks

Flicks, Liam Maguren

From the glistening stone-cobble walkways to the colourful towering architecture, from the bucket-loads of Italian culture seeping through the streets to the gorgeous riviera that made you wish our oceans were really that clean, Pixar has gone all in to make this one of their most memorable and live-in settings to date.

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Collider

Collider

A sweet, charming film about first love couched in an underdog/outsider narrative.

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

Luca will perhaps be more memorable for what it might have been than for what it actually is.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

This is Pixar’s most infectiously charming film in years...

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

Largely unambitious...

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

(Luca) offers the studio's hallmark visual splendour, yet fails to venture outside of safe waters.

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Slash Film

Slash Film

The layered dynamics and pure, honest emotions underneath Luca‘s simple coming-of-age story are what elevate the film to one of Pixar’s best...

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Film Threat

Film Threat

(Luca) is a vibrant and warm vacation for your heart...

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Ultimately, the luminous atmosphere of the film’s setting is more resonant than any particular thing that transpires there.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

One of the most grounded and enjoyable coming-of-age stories the studio has ever told.

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The Times

The Times

A gorgeous parable about a delicately unfolding relationship, set in ravishing Italian landscape, between two young and idealistic sea monsters: it’s The Shape of Water meets Call Me by Your Name.

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Independent

Independent

The pleasure of Luca lies less in its intellectual takeaways, than in the profound sensations that it stirs up. It’s a beautiful evocation of youthful possibility...

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

The movie as a whole is oddly sleepy, rolling along pleasantly rather than blazing a trail.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

It’s not canonical Pixar, but it’s as sweet and satisfying as artisanal gelato on a summer afternoon.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

A tropical blur of minor whimsy and carpe diem platitude.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

One of (Pixar's) loveliest movies in years...

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Variety

Variety

While (Enrico Casarosa's) images have a perky bravura... the script, by Jesse Andrews and Mike Jones, is pretty thin stuff.

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USA Today

USA Today

Luca doesn't drown in the usual Pixar profundity yet still navigates coming-of-age themes quite swimmingly...

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The Guardian

The Guardian

A sunny, nimble little story that... threatens to blow away in the sea breeze, as charming as it is minor.

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Seattle Times

Seattle Times

Maybe not every Pixar movie can be Up. For now, we’ll just let adorable be enough.

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