Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. 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.
  2. Feels a little like a science-fiction Sunday school pageant.
  3. 75
    The Miyazaki legacy is in good hands.
  4. An artistically arresting yet narratively lame and strangely unfocused cartoon aimed at older children and young adults.
  5. Earthsea seems to be a stupendously dull place. It would try the patience of any kid.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. An odd little film that aims only to please itself.
  10. 40
    This dull and humorless production won't reap the same critical support as the work of Miyazaki Senior.
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    60
    The set pieces make this well worth watching while director Goro Miyazaki shows he's truly his father's son.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Sep 9, 2010
    7
    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, itA 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. Full Review »
  2. Sep 24, 2014
    10
    I don't understand why some people think this is the worst Ghibli movie. It's just amazing!
    I certainly didn't failed to entertain me.
    I
    I don't understand why some people think this is the worst Ghibli movie. It's just amazing!
    I certainly didn't failed to entertain me.
    I think Hayao's son has a great future ahead in animation.
    Full Review »
  3. Feb 9, 2012
    10
    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'sTaken 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. Full Review »