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The Secret of Kells

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Tomm Moore & Nora Twomey

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About the Movie

2010 Academy Award Nominee, Best Animated Feature. Magic, fantasy, and Celtic mythology come together in a riot of color and detail that dazzle the eyes in a sweeping story about the power of imagination and faith to carry humanity through dark times. In a remote medieval outpost of Ireland, young Brendan embarks on a new life of adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives from foreign lands carrying a book brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted forest where mythical creatures hide. It is here that he meets the falry Aisling, a mysterious young wolf-girl, who helps him along the way. But with the barbarians closing in, will Brendan's determination and artistic vision illuminate the darkness and show that enlightenment is the best fortification against evil?

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 80
  • Fresh: 73
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The Secret of Kells is a magical adventure unlike anything we've seen on screen before. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: A glorious throwback to the more stylized, painterly work of decades past, the kind of vividly colored, fanciful pictorials that are usually confined to the small-scale realm of animated shorts. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: The soul of the film lies in its ravishing colors, and in exuberantly stylized images that pay homage to Celtic culture and design, together with techniques and motifs that evoke Matisse, Miyazaki and the minimalist cartoons of UPA. – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: If filmgoers ultimately feel bogged down in its densely layered fable and allegory, it's a spectacular thicket to get lost in. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews


This movie is so beautiful! Definitely gave me my money's worth. I highly recommend it for ANYONE who enjoys fantasy, mythology, and especially art.

Interesting story with eye-catching detail

As Leo the Insane wrote, this movie is great for people who are interested in mythology, but I felt I would have enjoyed the movie on a more intimate level if I KNEW more about Irish/Celtic mythology.

That said, the movie's story and story-line manages to keep its head above the shuffle of metaphors and symbolism, and the overall theme of physical survival vs. cultural (or, even spiritual) continuously drives each character toward his purpose and eventual "end."

While I did find myself mesmerized by the detailed settings throughout the film, I've always felt 2D animation looks crappy, and would not watch many other films of the same style. About half-way through this movie, I didn't notice the 2D characters anymore and simply enjoyed the movie as it was.

I'd watch this a few more times, but I'm not sure if I'd buy it.

It is a film that stands on its own, on every level.

This film, while a little on the slow side (story could have been better written) stands on its own. It has its own unique art style. It isn't trying to be a Disney knock off, it isn't trying to copy anyone else's styles. It gently lulls you into its world, both with the look of the film and the music. The score is perfect for the feature, so much so that when the music stops you feel its loss.

Every single person should see this film, several times.

The Secret of Kells
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Kids & Family
  • Released: 2009

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