The Secret of Kells

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Magical animated adventure is intense but beautiful.

NR 2010 75 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 30 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 16 reviews

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age 5+

A treasure

A family favorite! Absorbing and gorgeous. I’m surprised by people who felt like nothing happened- It’s really a story of art and culture surviving a dangerous and chaotic time- passed from hand to hand. So here’s the context- the Book of Kells is a real object- an ancient illuminated Bible. The story explains in a fictional way things that scholars believe happened- raids and warfare were common, the book of kells was torn out of its cover and another added later, many expert artistic hands worked on it, the exquisite detail was considered inachievable for the time period (hence the inventive use of a crystal in the movie), it’s known to have been in the Iona and Kells monasteries, and bibles were beyond rare in that place at that time much less bibles that were illuminated. Also of interest- the cat is taken from a poem a monk wrote around the same time in another text!

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age 6+

Intense, beautiful, captivating

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