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The Secret of Kells

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France, Belgium, Ireland · 2009
1h 15m
Director Tomm Moore
Starring Evan McGuire, Christen Mooney, Brendan Gleeson, Mick Lally
Genre Animation, Family, Fantasy

Brendan lives in an outpost that is under siege. So when a master illuminator arrives with a magical book Brendan begins to hope that it can help end the siege. But the book is unfinished. Brendan journeys into an enchanted forest and, with the help of a mysterious fairy, ventures to complete the book.

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Variety by

With its jewel-bright colors and intricate use of lines, the result is absolutely luscious to behold.


The New York Times by A.O. Scott

It is only fitting that a movie concerned with the power and beauty of drawing -- the almost sacred magic of color and line -- should be so gorgeously and intricately drawn.


Salon by Andrew O'Hehir

A gorgeous transcription of medieval decorative art and its themes into a contemporary animated narrative, one that should enthrall children older than 8 or so, along with the adults lucky enough to watch with them.


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 comfortable using retro techniques. Because after all, what else makes sense for bringing to life the gold and scarlet ornamentation in ancient manuscripts?


Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

The movie isn’t quite suitable for the extremely young, but its apocalyptic tint may be catnip for smart preteens. They’ll breathe in the chilly air of a mysterious forest--the way forests should be.

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