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Based on 11 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    This film is too scary for very young children, while older fans are likely to focus on the film not faring well in comparison to the elder Miyazaki's recent work. show more

  • 40
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    An artistically arresting yet narratively lame and strangely unfocused cartoon aimed at older children and young adults. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    The Miyazaki legacy is in good hands. show more

  • 70
    Amy Nicholson Boxoffice Magazine

    An odd little film that aims only to please itself. show more

  • 60

    The set pieces make this well worth watching while director Goro Miyazaki shows he's truly his father's son. show more

  • 60
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    The sights and sounds are splendid--a lovingly hand-detailed portside city, a touching musical interlude in a windswept field--though they're largely disconnected from the narrative proper. show more

  • 58
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    He does an okay imitation of his father's languidly matter-of-fact dreamscapes, but it's hard to deny that a certain vitality is missing in Tales From Earthsea. show more

  • 50
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    Feels a little like a science-fiction Sunday school pageant. show more

  • 40
    Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times

    It also features deaths by strangulation and immolation as well as a nasty bit with a flying severed limb.Kids may be less put off by all that, though, than by the film's uninspired hand-drawn animation, visual flatness and elongated running time. show more

  • 40
    Leslie Felperin Variety

    This dull and humorless production won't reap the same critical support as the work of Miyazaki Senior. show more

  • August 30, 2011 timtampwc
    Report This User

    A disappointment to fans of LeGuin\'s lovely Earthsea books.

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