The Secret of Kells Synopsis
A young novice meets a fairy after he ventures outside abbey walls into an enchanted forest.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This wonderfully strange and exquisite little feature was created, especially for young children, to celebrate the book through another...
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88

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Quite unlike anything I've ever seen before.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A visually overwhelming labor of love, a hand-drawn medieval adventure tale that seeks and finds cosmic connections.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The Secret of Kells is a magical adventure unlike anything we've seen on screen before.
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85

NPR

By Bob Mondello
There's something kind of captivating about a film that's been painstakingly drawn to glorify the craft of illustration, and that's...
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Kells proves that in the increasingly high-tech world of feature animation, there still can be a place for old-time tradition.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Gorgeous work, and its imagery and themes dovetail perfectly: a story about creating art, artfully created.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie has a wide appeal, with a gap in the middle. I think it will appeal to children young enough to be untutored in boredom, and to...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

In its small, stubborn way, the film is a love letter to traditions that have endured since cave dwellers painted the walls at Lascaux.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Regrettably, 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...
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Enhanting & Creative Visuals & Lovely Music But I Fell Asleep Thru Most of the Movie

By pupmom
This movie's visuals are nothing like you've seen in a movie before: very enchanting, creative, colorful, dramatic, and a little out of this world. If only for the visuals and music, I would rate...

Beautiful fairytale, few words it- comes through in animation and music

By acstar
I wouldn't recommend this movie for children. It harkens back to when fairytales were truly scary becuase they were based on very real dangers. It takes place in a much more simple society with...

A magical Irish animated feature

By mawnck
Brendon is an apprentice cartographer in the middle ages, secretly learning his craft while his oppressive uncle restricts his every move. He escapes from his walled city and meets a mysterious young...

secret of kells, high recommend

By irockedwithazombie
- superb voice acting, abbot's gruffness conveys just the right doses of kindness, brendan's wide eyed idealism enlivens the little ginger boy in all our hearts and of course ashley's voice acting is...

Visual delight

By slythegrl
The visual complexity of the world surrounding these characters was unlike any I've seen before. I thought it was beautiful and interesting, almost mesmerizing, like the embellished calligraphy and...

Beauty and abstraction in storytelling

By moviemoviemovieguy
This is the most beautiful animation I have seen in a long time. The art and use of abstraction is amazing to witness. This is not a computer animated film where you can count the leaves on the trees...

Five Word Review

By alistairnelson
Stunningly beautiful visuals. Colourful. Inspiring....

Feel Good Flick

By Redwoodrider
What a great movie. It had an awesome story and very creative art/animation style. It was very refreshing to watch and you actually leave the theater glad you went(which is more and more rare these...

See this in theaters while you can!

By mdb63
Great painterly animation. I went with my daughter, (9), she loved it. Some parts were quite scary for the younger kids sitting behind us, but they were fine....

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By finnjaminn
beautiful imagery and lovely story...

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What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 9+ Magical animated adventure is intense but beautiful.
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