The Secret of Kells

The Secret of Kells

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The first animated feature from Cartoon Saloon (Wolfwalkers) following the adventure of 12-year-old Brendan who must fight Vikings and a serpent god to find a crystal and complete the legendary Book of Kells.

2009Rating: NR79 minsBelgium, France, IrelandCartoon Saloon, Gébéka Films
AdventureAnimatedKids & FamilyFantasy

The Secret of Kells | Reviews

90%83 reviews

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

It will appeal to children young enough to be untutored in boredom, and to anyone old enough to be drawn in, or to appreciate the artistry.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The sometimes hectic plot ultimately serves as scaffolding for Mr. Moore’s extraordinary visual brio.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The visuals are likably reminiscent of Friz Freleng's Pink Panther... A low-key pleasure.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

A feast for the eyes that manages to be both whimsical and sinister.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Very much worth seeking out, this is a unique and beautiful creation.

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Time Out

Time Out

The story is a bit tangled, and there is too much of it packed into nearly 80 minutes, but... the animation is so magical.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

A beautiful two-dimensional work devoid of dramatic vigour.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

The film’s story is so busy yet flat that the effect isn’t magical — it’s more like watching the tale of some very enchanted wallpaper.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

A ravishing, continually surprising example of largely hand-drawn animation...

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Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

The soul of the film lies in its ravishing colours, and in exuberantly stylised images that pay homage to Celtic culture and design...

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