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Based on 11 Reviews
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  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Eighty-four minutes is about right for this style of animation. Even at that trim running time, the silhouette approach won't be for everyone. Ocelot's unity of vision, though, cannot be denied. Your kids, even the preteens, will likely fall headlong into his worlds. show more

  • 88
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    More likely to play well with older children, due to its split-up story line, Ocelot's creation is like nothing else they are likely to see animating the multiplex. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The film is intended for family audiences. It is so gentle and whimsical that one wonders if American children, accustomed to the whiz-bang action of most animation, will accept it. Maybe there would be hope for the younger ones - but what will they make of the subtitles? show more

  • 75
    Joseph Jon Lanthier Slant Magazine

    Michel Ocelot's recent cartoons cleverly advance Lotte Reiniger's prototypical stop-motion technique into the digital age. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Tales, which (as the title suggests) is an "Arabian Nights"-style omnibus, has similarly eye-bending backgrounds but a creatively monochromatic foreground that comes to feel like a limitation. show more

  • 80
    David Parkinson Empire

    A delight from start to finish. show more

  • 60
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    The film feels naive for an audience that's ready for some harder truths. show more

  • 60
    The Guardian

    The pick-and-mix approach is limiting, but there's no denying these are gorgeous amuse-bouches, likely to be devoured by older, more discerning children and dyed-in-the-wool stoners alike. show more

  • 70
    The New York Times

    The narratives - involving princesses, sorcerers, dragons, talking animals - are familiar. But Mr. Ocelot invigorates them with lyricism: silhouettes evoke shadow plays, and often brilliant palettes reflect the cultures presented. show more

  • 50
    Village Voice

    The stories are quick, tiny surveys of a given culture's conventions told as monomythic, Joseph Campbell–ish pastiches and animated with fluidity and deliberateness that nearly excuses the film's slightness. show more

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