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Isle of Dogs (PG)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy's odyssey in search of his dog.

The critical consensus

Anderson is clearly a dog lover himself and his film is bound to appeal to anyone who shares his passion. All in all, the film is quite a treat.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 15/02/2018

Marooning a pack of dogs on a dystopian Japanese island, the auteur’s new animation is an inspiringly detailed and surprisingly rough-edged treat.

****(*)Jonathan Romney, The Guardian, 15/02/2018

Visually ravishing stop motion animation with perhaps too much imagination.

****(*)Peter Munro, The Wee Review, 21/02/2018

Anderson’s signature whimsy isn’t for everyone, but his evolving ability to temper delight with dread and vice-versa is superlative here, ensuring the wordplay of the title can’t help but ring true.

*****Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 21/02/2018

Confined to a single viewing, it's impossible to drink in the sheer wealth of detail in a film staged with mindboggling flair and precision, whose lust for life enriches every frame.

*****Emma Simmonds, The List, 21/02/2018

If you’re playing Wes Anderson bingo, you can tick off ‘droll whimsy’, ‘visual pizzazz’ and ‘Bill Murray’. Yet, thanks to the Far East setting and a rollicking story, this is a fun and fresh-feeling experience.

****(*)Nick De Semlyen, Empire Online, 23/02/2018

Visually stunning, emotionally arresting, dog-gone brilliant.

*****Hannah Woodhead, Little White Lies, 27/03/2018

Isle of Dogs is another utterly distinctive, formally brilliant exercise in savant innocence from Anderson, somewhere between arch naivety and inspired sophistication. I laughed a lot, not really at jokes, but at its hyper-intelligent stabs of visual invention.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 29/03/2018

Anderson’s signature whimsy is present and correct, but the strange way he’s able to temper delight with dread and vice versa is superlative, ensuring the wordplay of the title can’t help but ring true.

*****Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 30/03/2018

With none of the archness of his Fantastic Mr Fox, Wes Anderson’s gorgeous new stop-motion tale is a funny, touching, doggy delight.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 01/04/2018

Features about Isle of Dogs (PG)

Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs: loving homage to Japan or cultural appropriation?

Steve Rose, The Guardian, 26/03/2018

Why do dogs die in Wes Anderson movies?

Luis Azevedo, Little White Lies--video

Designing Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs.

Erica Dorn, Little White Lies, 31/03/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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