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  • Summary: Something bizarre has come over the land. The kingdom is deteriorating. People are beginning to act strange... What's even more strange is that people are beginning to see dragons, which shouldn't enter the world of humans. Due to all these bizarre events, Ged, a wandering wizard, is investigating the cause. During his journey, he meets Prince Arren, a young distraught teenage boy. While Arren may look like a shy young teen, he has a severe dark side, which grants him strength, hatred, ruthlessness and has no mercy, especially when it comes to protecting Teru. For the witch Kumo this is a perfect opportunity. She can use the boy's "fears" against the very one who would help him, Ged. Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. 75
    The Miyazaki legacy is in good hands.
  2. An odd little film that aims only to please itself.
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    The set pieces make this well worth watching while director Goro Miyazaki shows he's truly his father's son.
  4. Feels a little like a science-fiction Sunday school pageant.
  5. 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.
  6. An artistically arresting yet narratively lame and strangely unfocused cartoon aimed at older children and young adults.
  7. Earthsea seems to be a stupendously dull place. It would try the patience of any kid.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Sep 21, 2012
    I have never been more shocked at both the user and critic reviews on metacritic. Without going into all the reasons I love this movie, I love this movie. Expand
  2. Feb 9, 2012
    Taken on its own merits the film is outstanding. People seem dissapointed that he is not his father, this is ridiculous. But like his father's work, the more I viewed the film, the better I liked it. I look forward to his future. Timothy Dalton is solid, and Willem Defoe is at his creepy best. Check it out. Expand
  3. Mar 23, 2013
    Visually This Film Is Perfect... Some Parts Of The Movie Didn't Really Belong.. But Tales From Earthsea Is One Of Best Animated Films Of 2009 Despite Critic's! Expand
  4. Oct 24, 2010
    its not the kind of Hayao Miyazaki, but its very entertaining and it inspires us from the book by Ursula K. LeGuin. the animation was beautiful, the characters were perfect, and the cinematography was great. Tales from Earthsea is so great and kids and adults will enjoy it. Expand
  5. Sep 9, 2010
    A good start for the son of Hayao, the film is nicely drawn and it's certainly entertaining enough. The problem lays with the story, it doesn't make sense. It tends to go off subject and becomes a dull, 'seen it before' fantasy based upon dragons. I did love the song that was written for the film, the song "Teru No Uta" is beautifully made and sang. Overall, it's not everyone 's cup of tea and it's wasn't my favourite Studio Ghibli film. Expand
  6. May 28, 2012
    Everyone Panned This Movie..
    It Does Not Need To Get All The Harsh Reviews.. A Great Debut For Goro...
    I Really Enjoyed 70% Of The Movie.. I
    Do Not Like The Action Is This Movie.. If It Was A Warmer Movie This Would Be A Amazing Movie!
    Still Not Even Close To My Favorite Studio Ghibli Movie But Still Not Bad!
  7. Jun 12, 2014
    Wow - definitely not in the same league as his father. It's a little sad that Ursula Guin gave permission thinking H Miyazaki would direct and then it was handed to his son. Really pretty disloyal to the books - Better if you had never read them as the movie essentially contains the names of the same characters but the details and characteristics are all changed as if G Miyazaki never read the books to prepare.

    Even if you throw out the connection to U Guin's amazing series the movie is still boring and reorts to cheap violence. Probably not very good for young kids unlike all the other really great Ghibli releases...

    Pass this turd up!

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