Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

81/100386
Starring
Jenny Slate, Isabella Rossellini, Dean Fleischer Camp
Director
Dean Fleischer Camp
Rating
PG
Genre
Animation, Comedy, Drama
Where to watch
Netflix
Release date
2022 (limited releases / mostly film festivals)
Overall Score
Rating Overview
Story/Plot
70%
Visuals/Cinematography
90%
Performance
88%
Direction
80%
Children Suitability
65%
Parent Appeal
79%
Non-Wokeness
95%
Rating Summary
Marcel The Shell With Shoes On is a surprisingly touching independent film with some humor and a touch of poignancy. However, its pervasive melancholy and deliberate pace, not to mention an instance of shockingly inappropriate humor, make it a questionable choice for children. Yet, its novelty also wears a bit thin for mature audiences, especially for its overlong second act.

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James Carrick

James Carrick is a passionate film enthusiast with a degree in theater and philosophy. James approaches dramatic criticism from a philosophic foundation grounded in aesthetics and ethics, offering insight and analysis that reveals layers of cinematic narrative with a touch of irreverence and a dash of snark.

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