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Kubo and the Two Strings

Kubo and the Two Strings

2016
Family/Kids
Fantasy
1h 41m
Kubo lives a quiet, normal life in a small shoreside village until a spirit from the past turns his life upside down by re-igniting an age-old vendetta. This causes all sorts of havoc as gods and monsters chase Kubo who, in order to survive, must locate a magical suit of armor once worn by his late father, a legendary Samurai warrior. (imdb)
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Kubo and the Two Strings

2016
Family/Kids
Fantasy
1h 41m
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Rated 12 Jan 2020
78
85th
After it finished and the credits began, as I sat quite impressed at the mixture of amazing visuals, touching family dynamics and enough action to satisfy even my wandering mind, the couple next to me said, "Matthew McConaughey! I knew I knew that voice."
Rated 18 Aug 2016
90
97th
Kubo and the Two Strings is the best Laika film and comes awfully close to being the best animated feature of the year. It's the total package: it runs your emotions through the gamut, is visually stunning at every turn, is thematically rich, and doesn't pander to any audience group. It's effective regardless of the age of the person who watches it. Kubo and the Two Strings is a delight.
Rated 26 Sep 2016
92
70th
The only problem I have with Kubo and the Two Strings is that it's a little predictable. Other than that, this was a pretty awesome movie. The story is short, but still deeply engaging and presented with some of the most beautiful and talented stop-motion film-making I have seen. I hope to see more from Travis Knight. It's going to be overlooked, but it's totally worth watching for it's endearing characters and animation.
Rated 10 Oct 2016
82
73rd
I'm torn. The animation is unarguably some of the best I've seen and it's consistently breathtaking. You can easily forget this is stop-motion at any point in time, and it stakes a claim as to why analog animation is irreplaceable. However, the story really kind of fell flat for me. It apes Miyazaki, but sits on predictable twists and Disney-dead-parent-porn to drive the narrative forward, letting aesthetics take the forefront. At least it's told with a level of grace that's elusive anymore.
Rated 26 Sep 2016
8
80th
Its story arch pigeonholes itself into a lazy fetch quest, but I'll be damned if a more dazzling animated film is released this year. The opener is jaw dropping, and time and time again you're left stunned at this or that sequence, each of which is meticulously crafted via a frame by frame process. Stop motion filmmaking is a joy to behold, because it's the purest distillation of cinema's greatest magic trick: the illusion of movement. KUBO ranks among stop motion's best. Heartfelt and lovely.
Rated 20 Sep 2016
7
84th
A handsomely mounted, fun. atmospheric and emotional production with a backstory and mythology that it doles out at a measured, patient pace. I would call it a must watch for any fans of fantasy adventure cinema.
Rated 09 Jan 2017
5
73rd
a mother hits her head and will slowly, frighteningly succumb to dementia. dad's already gone. later, kubo is chased by demons into a crowd of adults, friends; it disturbs when they can do nothing to help him. it's a kids' movie about how nobody is immortal, not even mummy & daddy. your only options are despair, or to build that last great fortress against death: art. with its elegant, elemental metaphors, this frequently hushed, intimate, wondrous fairytale may cast laika as the western ghibli.
Rated 25 Sep 2016
70
58th
The animation is, as expected, phenomenal. The narrative isn't. The Beetle character makes a joke every one or two lines, in what I assume is an effort to make an Olaf-type character for kids. Why? Don't. Stop. But yeah, the setpieces are astounding and reminded me why I paid to see this.
Rated 12 Mar 2017
82
95th
Amazingly beautiful and for such a familiar story it rings as refreshing and never dull. The voice acting is top notch as is the gorgeous stop motion.
Rated 23 Aug 2016
90
93rd
As much as I love Deadpool for everything it is, I love Kubo and the Two Strings just as much for everything that IT is. This has all the elements to get me and executes like few others. Feels truly authentic to its setting. Kubo and the Two Strings is aesthetically beautiful, refuses to deaden its themes and events for its assumedly-younger audience, and tells a rich story in simple-but-smart ways, ensuring connection with virtually all of its viewers. I love this movie. My favorite of 2016.
Rated 01 Sep 2016
81
50th
Absolutely gorgeous movie with a confused, convoluted plot and a message that it doesn't even seem to care about but still tries to shove down your throat. Still, it's so gorgeous that you won't care
Rated 30 Jan 2017
86
96th
Great visuals, one of the best story told and screen play. Good theme, construct and nice view on Japanese myth tale. Movie ınclude two type of animation techniques.. CQI and Stop-Motion.. Collobration of those two kinda great.. End of the movie and also plot twist of the movie are far more unique and different than other similar animation works by the way.. I Love it, insparational, beautiful and meaningfull.. Sometimes its harsh and sad but this is the reality's itself and still looks stunni
Rated 14 Sep 2016
92
95th
If I was still a child I'd be awestruck. Thankfully this was so sublimely animated I still got to feel some of that magic.
Rated 23 Aug 2016
85
59th
This film has a heart as large as the talent involved in bringing it to life. This should end up on every parent's shelf for their kids for its gorgeous artwork alone. There are a few points where the story gets sloppy, particularly at the start of the second act, but overall the film is emotionally potent and daring enough to end without everything tying together ideally for our little protagonist. A very likely chance of being the best animated film of the year.
Rated 12 Oct 2017
70
59th
Surprisingly accurate reflection of Japanese countryside vibe, combined with wildly stylistic art. It does lose poignance with all the clowning, but overall it captures the sense of loss and purpose on a heroic scale. Quite a striking animation style and well put together - just a little too nickelodeon for the kinds of themes it wants to carry.
Rated 08 Nov 2016
95
97th
Rarely does a movie that I was this excited for live up to those expectations but this did. There are a couple jokes that might have worked if I was a kid, but most of the humour did. It's a visually stunning fantasy movie in both animation and atmosphere, but what's most impressive is how you're watching it and you realize it's a pretty profound and beautiful look at memories and stories, made better by the fact that it's a dark, melancholy film that is basically for kids. Brave film making.
Rated 10 Sep 2016
98
86th
Beautiful, creative, charming, and I definitely cried. Please see it and support it. Laika's best, in my opinion
Rated 14 Apr 2017
58
37th
Yes, the animation is stunning, but the same level of care didn't seem to go into everything else. It's got some weird cultural appropriation going on, some bad casting, some jarring dialogue and cuts, and the narrative kinda devolves into generic-ness. Even the outro cinematic (both the animated part and the needless behind-the-scenes footage) and music are quite out of place and do not serve the tone or themes at all.
Rated 14 Oct 2016
85
95th
Amazing animation, set pieces and a story which is very engaging. It is pitched as a kids film, but the material is quite heavy, and at times, very dark. It is a tad predictable, but the biggest issues this faces is when it tries to play to the kids and have some light-hearted/funny moments, which felt misplaced. At its core though, it's a spectacular work of art.
Rated 14 Sep 2016
80
94th
Look fantastic with a mixture of photo-real CGI and well done stop motion. Great music and a really good story that deals with some dark material. My main problem is with the celebrity voice-acting which ranged from poor to merely okay with the exception of Kubo himself who was good. The beetle character strongly reminded me of Buzz Lightyear from the Toy Story series and felt a bit out of place in this story. It's not quite up there with Coraline but I can't wait to see whats next from Laika
Rated 19 Mar 2018
84
86th
A fantastic stop motion movie. Laika is doing good things with three of their four movies thus far getting great marks from me. This particular one does a good job creating its own world within a well realized version of feudal Japan. You just wait, give it a decade and Laika may become a household name, giving Pixar a run for their money.
Rated 24 Aug 2016
86
92nd
Intermittent tears occur throughout the first half, but the ending may leave you in a sobbing puddle. Dario Marianelli's emotive score sparks the picture, the script dares you to believe in movie magic again, all the while, achingly lovely visuals - that may illicit tears from their beauty alone - envelope it all. "If you must blink, do it now," indeed.
Rated 01 May 2017
79
70th
Every once in a while, there is a weird pubescent flourish, as if the filmmakers were embarrassed by the maturity of the myth they were telling and had to take it down a notch. It's a shame, because outside of those moments, there is so much to love: from the classical, rather Eleusinian tale aping the Persephone myth, to the frank and beautiful depiction of loss. To its eternal credit, Kubo (and I) would argue death and loss are not the same thing at all - a moral well worth the telling.
Rated 23 Jan 2017
74
64th
The animation is absolutely mind-blowing, and may be the best I have ever seen, but the story and presentation are not in the same league.
Rated 12 Dec 2016
71
64th
There's a lot to like here, but somehow feels like the whole is less than the sum of its parts. Very imaginative and, while I'm not a fan of the jittery effect of stop-motion, the design itself was really gorgeous. But the story felt perfunctory and prevented me from being fully engaged.
Rated 19 Aug 2016
85
82nd
The animation is what gives this such a high rating. The stop motion was absolutely breathtaking and there were some incredibly surreal but beautiful scenes. The story wasn't up to par for me, based on what I had read (calling it the animated masterpiece we've earned after a slog of movies this summer). It was intriguing enough and I felt for Kubo, but parts felt disjointed and character development wasn't up there. Although to be fair I was in a very loud and obnoxiously distracting theater...
Rated 24 Jan 2017
89
82nd
I have never seen a more beautiful animated film than this one. Both the actual construction of the sets and characters to the movements of the scenery are creative and wonderfully executed. The story was also a fulfilling meditation on loss and death.
Rated 17 Jan 2017
77
66th
The animation is great bu the script is not that much.
Rated 02 Aug 2018
100
91st
Kubo & The Two Strings both brings an interesting adventure tale to life, but also breathes a bittersweet message into a world of children's films that exist to entertain and not to teach or to instill values. Kubo and the Two Strings is not a film to put on to keep the kids busy whilst you cook dinner in a rush, it is one to be watched with them, learning alongside them, holding the youngest in your arms as this film delivers a deep, heartfelt & touching message in a gentle, understandable way.
Rated 09 Jan 2017
90
94th
A beautifully crafted film with a wonderful story that isn't afraid to hit on some dark material. The only problem is that it has a few pacing issues. It starts slow and thoughtful but starting with the second act they have a few too marks they have to hit and they just smash them in there rapid fire. It's not enough to make me dislike the movie but it is a bit jarring. Luckily they return to the slower pace I was enjoying by the end.
Rated 27 Jan 2017
70
48th
Technically superb with many great scenes, but the story falls awfully flat, especially in the end.
Rated 16 Mar 2019
4
26th
Laika has taken stop-motion animation to the absolute: the visuals in this film hardly resemble stop-motion at all, they're so fluid and complex. Nearly every scene is packed with powerful details and stunning imagery...which is why it saddens me that such staggering artistic talent is wasted on such a mediocre plot. There are some good ideas in here, but the story and characters consistently failed to captivate me even while the animation left me speechless.
Rated 21 Mar 2017
75
41st
There've been several children's films getting rave reviews in the past few years that fail to live up to the hype and this is one more. A stunning visual achievement w/ the kind of frightening ideas most children's stories are afraid to go near these days (the villain wants the hero's remaining eye), it's still overwhelmingly style over substance w/ nothing more than a very pretty quest film - one so-so adventure after the next - to look at. The ending's a bit unusual, but getting there's meh.
Rated 11 Sep 2016
80
37th
Viewed September 5, 2016. The opening passages of this, right up until the moment the two spirits appear, reminded me of a Mizoguchi film more than anything else. At its best, Kubo and the Two Strings exhibits a level of grace rarely seen in movies today. I'm thinking of moments like the gorgeous introduction of Hanzo, the origami samurai, which perfectly shows off both the quality of the animation and the level of sophisticated filmmaking on display.
Rated 11 Sep 2016
100
90th
Fantastic, animation of the year for sure. Laika are a force to be reckoned with.
Rated 15 Mar 2017
60
41st
Even more so than previous Laika features, this deals with themes of loss and death in a commendably open and mature manner for a children's film. The story however is a jumbled, half-baked mess with too many thinly developed ideas and no cohesion or sense of purpose, and the spectacular animation sadly isn't enough to compensate for this.
Rated 22 Jan 2017
75
44th
The visual style is a highlight, even if the mouth movement was distracting to me. The rest is a good mix of action, humour and chosen one narrative. Nothing that rocks my boat, but perfectly enjoyable.
Rated 30 Jul 2017
92
88th
Original, unpredictable, yet entirely accessible, Kubo and the Two Strings is a beautifully-animated marvel.
Rated 25 Dec 2016
75
63rd
Worth it for the animation alone
Rated 24 Aug 2016
81
79th
I love it! The animation is ridiculous and the fairy tale world feels like a good combination of traditional and modern.
Rated 11 Sep 2016
66
28th
Sexy visuals but a crap storyline. Basically a shit anime.
Rated 07 Jan 2017
15
82nd
W4E1P2S1V2M2A1R2. Amazing visually, great music, and touching, if a little haphazard at times.
Rated 31 Aug 2016
76
73rd
The movie's one fine piece of eye candy. Great scenery, character designs, and action scenes. Not to mention great music! The only drawback is that the story is very start-and-stop. After every great scene of action or excitement, you get an overlong scene of people sitting around a campfire talking, or walking down a path and talking, and it really throws a wrench into the flow of an otherwise great piece of art.
Rated 03 Jan 2017
85
82nd
Kubo was truly astounding. Definitely one of the most beautifully animated movies of the year, with lovable characters and an entirely endearing story. Some of the voice acting was a little strange all things considered, and parts of the story felt more out of place, yet it's stop-motion Legend of Zelda-like story is bound to enchant many.
Rated 29 Jan 2017
60
40th
Could you possibly waste more effort on mediocre storytelling? It's like morgan freeman reading fifty shades of grey.
Rated 20 Feb 2018
4
90th
It doesn't differ from it's dark storytelling to accomodate the young viewer. It gives us a beautiful and memorable story with impressive visuals. *Very Good
Rated 17 Sep 2016
8
71st
Laika proves they've still got it with their most visually ambitious picture yet. While the story isn't the strongest element of the film, it still has enough emotional power to compensate for the narrative's weaker moments. And if the poignancy doesn't affect you, there's no way the gorgeous origami-inspired stop-motion and CG animation won't.
Rated 21 Feb 2017
50
38th
No idea why I keep watching these Oscar nominated animations, year after year, when I never really cared for them.
Rated 08 Jan 2017
87
78th
I definitely wasn't Ku-bored. This movie had a lot of exciting scenes and really neat animation. In fact, I haven't loved animation so much since seeing the Nightmare Before Christmas for the first time. I thought the character Kubo was really interesting and his monkey and beetle companions were really funny together. The Twin Sister, bad guys were really scary and cool. I just really liked this movie. I loved how Kubo could manipulate paper and make fantastic creations from origami...
Rated 20 Feb 2017
40
29th
(SUPER NINTEN-KUBO)
Rated 09 Oct 2016
94
79th
For something so soft spoken and almost slow movement, it's eye candy colors and animation, joined together with a quest, to make a poetry of a cool breeze of delight. It captivated the very young with it's images and kept the adults in a dreamlike awe. It pulls you in so much that you just have to sit and continue to feel its resonance while the credits rolled on.
Rated 13 Nov 2016
70
96th
Pretty much a timeless animation film. Not going to say it's going to be among my super favorites, but it's definitely wonderful storytelling and at times glittering animation. Didn't feel the comic elements was all that good. The sentimental portions was always what was the driving force. Nice to have a more serious animation film in a time when all the big cartoons are pure gag-reels on speed.
Rated 05 Feb 2017
78
72nd
A visually stunning movie with an attitude that can only be described as "casually supernatural," KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS leans toward the sober end of the fairytale spectrum. Worth seeing for its technical achievements alone, the film does not lack for variety or adventure, though its uniformly delicate, stage-whisper vocal performances don't exactly match the epic scale of its story. It's rather serious for a movie appealing to children--but sometimes children live in serious times.
Rated 04 Feb 2017
76
79th
Beautiful animation.
Rated 05 Aug 2017
47
40th
Would it hurt to mention just once that he plays a shamisen and not a guitar??
Rated 11 Sep 2019
83
90th
Beautifully stop-motioned (this is a word now!!!), with a lot of heart and humour. Surprisingly grown up material storywise, which works perfectly for the movie.
Rated 16 Oct 2016
5
40th
It's a good movie for children. Maybe I'm just too old.
Rated 21 Jan 2017
80
90th
Looking good
Rated 29 Aug 2016
70
42nd
Predictable throughout. Yet, the ending made me cry. :')
Rated 09 Sep 2016
92
88th
Probably the best, most touching animated feature I've seen in years, and that includes a group of very good ones (Zootopia, Inside Out). Possibly my favorite since Up.
Rated 19 Sep 2016
7
73rd
Beautiful animation that crosses the generations, It has a timeless and cross cultural feel to it.
Rated 28 Aug 2016
90
92nd
Breathtakingly beautiful animation, with a deep, poignant and unusual story. There is a lot of Miyazaki influence in this film, and it's very apparent that a lot of love was put into producing KATTS. It's not like any other Western animated film I've ever seen. It is unfortunate that most of the cast is white (McConaughey was absolutely pointless casting), but the quality of the film makes up for it.
Rated 21 Apr 2017
60
69th
Pretty good. Some darkness to it which was appreciated for this older viewer. Enjoyable adventure film with plenty of action.
Rated 30 Aug 2016
85
74th
Beautiful animation, and probably the best I've seen (I cried at the first act just based on the animation alone, seriously) I really liked all the characters, but it felt like your typical Hero's Journey, with a faulty end. Not many surprises, but it makes for a fun time that isn't afraid to tug the heartstrings.
Rated 21 Oct 2016
77
43rd
Kubo (Art Parkinson) lives with his traumatized mother (Charlize Theron) and makes his living telling stories with the help of his magical shamisen. But when the evil forces that drove him and his mother into exile appear, he must go on a magical quest to assemble his father's armor and fight them. A frustrating film, gorgeously animated, with superior voice acting (Matthew McConaughey as a beetle cannot be overlooked), but hampered by a messy script with a particularly unsatisfying resolution.
Rated 24 Jan 2017
87
85th
This movie will bring tears to your eyes. Any movie that tries to focus on the importance of stories usually follows a pretty predictable route, and while this movie does do that, it has enough originality to make up for its other cliches. The major flaw is it's attempts at comedy which waver between decent and flat out annoying (looking at you McConaughey), but the drama is extremely effective, the imagery amazing, and the music beautiful.
Rated 12 Sep 2016
65
54th
I think my expectations were a little too high for this one. The story never quite took off and I also didn't quite connect with Kubo and the other characters. It never totally got me, emotionally speaking. The art design and overall look of the film is beautiful. The animation is, of course, breathtaking - Laika never fails in this regard. Generally speaking, I wish I had connected with the film more, but it was still really nice and certainly not a bad movie for kids.
Rated 27 Sep 2016
5
32nd
Dazzling animation - this is really quite beautiful throughout - married to an unengaging plot. A missed opportunity, although I did appreciate the underlying sadness.
Rated 06 Nov 2016
87
55th
the visuals are stunning. The story had me drawn in. My issue with the movie is that all of these fantastic elements winded down into a tone deaf ending in my opinion. rather than being its own fantastical tale, it cornered itself with sappiness and became less than what it had set out to be.
Rated 02 Mar 2017
4
70th
It's an alright little story, told in the most beautiful way possible. I'm glad we'll never have to worry about Laika going belly-up, because the world needs more stop-motion animation.
Rated 11 May 2017
85
79th
Very creative; impressive to see stop-motion animation in this day and age. Some of the 'quests' Kubo has to go on seem a bit arbitrary.
Rated 10 Nov 2016
82
98th
Kubo and the Two Strings pairs wonderful animation with a charming story, and is refreshingly original in many ways. While the plot is a stereotypic hero's quest with talking animals, magic armour and whimsical characters, the film is more than the sum of its parts. The ending is bittersweet, but fitting, and you're left wondering about the rich mythology glimpsed throughout. Solid voice acting, a great score, and humanity at its heart, it's hard not to love this gem.
Rated 02 Jan 2017
83
81st
Laika never fails to impress! The filmmakers obviously did their homework on this one. Kubo shines for its thematic consistency. It has a gorgeous aesthetic that feels internally consistent and like it belongs right within the history of Japanese art. The film telegraphs its plot twists and the ending flags, but the excellence of the storytelling makes up for it.
Rated 25 Dec 2016
71
57th
storyteller+mombraindeadtildark-memoryprobs+evilaunts+needhisothereye+momsaves-makeflyaway+snowmonkeywakes-talks+hismonkeytoy+paperguyleads+beetleknewdad+monkeyhismom+beetlehisdad+auntkillbothkubogetsawayukeleleblast-fliesbacktovillage+grandpatriestempt-loseeyeandcomeheaven+turnsgiantflyingserpentfight+turnsgrandpamortal-memorywiped+townliessayshesnicestguy fireguitargentlyweapsorientalcreditsofireguitargentlyweapsorientalcredits+showanimationhardwork+songaddedapoint
Rated 18 May 2020
94
61st
Color-wise, it's superb. What it lacks in evoking the viewers' intense emotion is compensated by the injection of enduring Japanese cultures like origami (art of paper folding), belief in ancestral spirits, and use of chopsticks (even in the beautiful closing song of Regina Spektor's cover of the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"), to name a few. MY SCORING: 99-96=Great; 95-90=Very good; 89-85=Good; 84-80=So-so; 79-70=Boring; Below 70=Forget it
Rated 05 Dec 2016
90
95th
While Kubo and the Two Strings is a feast for the eyes, it is also a wonderful example of an original fairytale. The rich story and solid characterization give a journey that has stakes and is always interesting. It is refreshing to see a children's movie have more to say than just some animals talking. Too often, Disney and alike shove out cookie-cutter films, while it is obvious that kids and adults want something with more substance. Enter Kubo. Loved it.
Rated 19 Apr 2017
81
80th
A wonderful-looking film with plenty of rich visual detail ranging from the models and sets, to the imagery, the movement and colour palette. The story is perfectly pitched to kids in a certain age bracket, however for adults perhaps a tad too simplistic. A very straightforward character journey, matched with obvious supporting characters, and lack of second act plot points. Despite its positive message and values, I felt this had less heart or magic than several of its genre contemporaries.
Rated 06 Aug 2017
68
64th
The plot isn't particularly interesting. The animation is great and the direction is pretty good.
Rated 11 Sep 2016
50
50th
Animated films aren't just for kids anymore. Animation is no longer simply about creating flighty and fluffy cartoons that you can sit thoughtlessly through with some popcorn and a box of Milk Duds. In this new age, animated films can often do things that live-action pics can't. They offer up an environment where a director can shoot for the unique; he can strive to make something fantastic, something visually immersive and emotionally affecting. (pluggedin.com)
Rated 17 Sep 2016
79
79th
A beautiful movie. I went in without much in the way of expectations. It is a very... Japanese feeling story... about storytelling and life, beautifully told and lovingly made. I didn't love it, but it was thoroughly pleasant.
Rated 27 Apr 2017
65
64th
pretty good, even if the animation doesn't really work for most of the action scenes. The idea of music as a power has always been super interesting to me, so it's a shame it feels somewhat squandered by the film's attempts to integrate traditional Japanese culture in a way that doesn't exactly feel fresh. the end credits are better than anything else in the movie.
Rated 28 Mar 2019
70
53rd
The animation is remarkable, the stop-motion so smooth that it's unclear where it ends and CG environments or details begin, and production design and cinematography keeps pace. The armour conceit is given so little substance throughout that the subversion at the end has little impact, which is relatively indicative of the storytelling as a whole: it's unique, but its telling is nothing more than sufficient.
Rated 21 Aug 2016
42
69th
Probably the most beautiful children's movie of the last decade, but unfortunately the plot falls apart a bit in the last act. Still absolutely worth the watch. Reminded me of scenes in 100 Years of Solitude and others in the magical realism genre.
Rated 27 Aug 2017
58
14th
Before watching, I had thought this was a Japanese movie, but as soon as that "funny" Old Grandma made her appearance, I knew immediately this was an American film. And, as an American, it depressed to recognize that cheesy humor and forced cuteness identify a film as American. I could hardly watch the movie from that moment on, although I recognize that the animation was beautiful.
Rated 12 Nov 2016
97
79th
This stop-motion animation from Laika has beautiful cinematography and animation. The story is engaging but quite dark and sometimes the elements of humor injected to lighten the situation do feel a little forced. I would say this film is more suitable for adults and has a lot of deep messages about family and love which a lot of younger children would not appreciate. However, a wonderful film with some great voice talent.
Rated 28 Jun 2017
80
62nd
Gorgeously lavish animated film is a formidable visual feast, but can't quite overcome its rote, overly familiar 'quest' plotting and simplistic dialogue, apparently aimed at the most juvenile of the audience. Voice performers also vary wildly, though Theron is typically solid and Fiennes typically menacing. Still worthwhile.
Rated 01 Aug 2017
60
52nd
Entertainment: 3.5/4. Spirit: 1.5/3. Sustainability: 1/3.
Rated 13 Feb 2023
100
94th
loved this motivates me to animate
Rated 20 Feb 2018
71
3rd
Awesome animation boring story.
Rated 06 Jul 2021
85
46th
Pretty good animation like it I do
Rated 09 Dec 2018
60
35th
It's a requirement when writing about this movie to point out how beautiful it is. But I like stories too, and this one just didn't hit the right notes for me -- this hero's journey dips and dives without giving us a lot of background, or sometimes even enough time to respond to what we've just learned. I thought the (mostly predictable) ending eviscerated the moral of the story. So I was a little disappointed, but it was still an enjoyable watch.
Rated 07 Feb 2017
70
71st
Initially feels very adult and different from other animation films, but gradually evolves to the standard animation blockbuster. But it is a great one.
Rated 31 Mar 2022
70
64th
Great example of why it's a bad idea to have famous people with really distinct voices do voice acting. It's so distracting it takes away from everything else.
Rated 30 May 2018
70
83rd
eng; [kubo and the two strings]; in einem dorf wohnt ein kleiner junge mit einem musikalischen talent, welcher sich auf die reise macht um monster zu besiegen.;
Rated 07 Mar 2017
80
60th
So creative and imaginative. Several scenes were breathtakingly beautiful, which isn't to say that the rest of it wasn't also gorgeous. The emotional impact was high, I was so close to breaking down. On the second watch after knowing the spoilers, the dialog was painful.
Rated 30 Jan 2017
60
30th
Stunning animation and unique style, allthough all the added CGI somehow undermines the whole point of stop motion in my opinion. Sadly the story was very flat and too esoteric for my taste.
Rated 31 Dec 2016
6
43rd
Incredible animation, although I think I prefer less CGI in stop-motion, still it looked stunning. The movie as a whole however is let down by a handful of jarring moments in the narrative and dialogue. I'm not sure I was a fan of the comedy bits either. They were maybe intended for younger audiences, for whom this might be a bit too dark ultimately anyway. (Also whoever thought McConaughey was a good choice for that character?!) Still, stunning and enjoyable. I hope Laika keeps making these.
Rated 14 Mar 2023
88
60th
So pretty
Rated 08 Feb 2024
35
55th
a charming moment of myth creation soured by a milk white cast
Rated 02 Aug 2020
62
76th
Incredible animation, and a weighty yet whimsical story. It has an inaccessible quality to it however, and it misses greatness.

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