Isle of Dogs (2018) - Rotten Tomatoes

Isle of Dogs (2018)



Critic Consensus: The beautifully stop-motion animated Isle of Dogs finds Wes Anderson at his detail-oriented best while telling one of the director's most winsomely charming stories.

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In this stop-motion-animated film from writer/director Wes Anderson, an outbreak of canine flu in Japan leads all dogs to be quarantined on an island. A boy (voice of Koyu Rankin) journeys there to rescue his dog Spots (Liev Schreiber), and gets help from a pack of misfit canines who have also been exiled. His quest inspires a group of dog lovers to expose a government conspiracy. The voice cast also includes Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Bob Balaban, Greta Gerwig, and Yoko Ono.

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Critic Reviews for Isle of Dogs

All Critics (354) | Top Critics (50)

The director and his hip writing partners (Jason Schwartzman, Roman Coppola, Kunichi Nomura) infuse their imaginary world with winning deadpan humor.

March 5, 2020 | Full Review…

This is outwardly one of Anderson's bleakest films. It's also one of his dullest and least emotional.

April 13, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Anderson's projects have always had a meticulous quality to them, but "Isle of Dogs" is exacting to the point of alienation. Someone needs a leash.

April 6, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

A delight, albeit one that is red in tooth and claw.

March 29, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Another utterly distinctive, formally brilliant exercise in savant innocence from Anderson, somewhere between arch naivety and inspired sophistication.

March 29, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It remains more a dazzling conceit or experiment rather than a realized whole. We stay on the outside, admiring its originality and all the talent that went into it, without ever really finding our way in.

March 28, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Isle of Dogs

Combine the quirky, vivacious humor of Wes Anderson with the gullible and fluid stop-motion animation and you've got a surprisingly heartfelt, ambitious and charming film and not to mention the canine frenzy that Isle of Dogs has to offer. 4.25/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

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After The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson returns to animation with this wild tale of a japanese town banning all dogs to an island and a boy's desperate search for his canine friend. The animated dolls and scenes look absolutely amazing, combined with Anderson's well known screen composition that makes for a treat for the eyes. The voice acting is top notch, as well, combining Anderson's usual suspects with a few newcomers. Sure, the story and attitude feels smug at times, but it's all in good, quirky fun. ONly could have done without the anti-cat-propaganda.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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Am I the only one who had a problem with a movie about Japanese dogs, all speaking English with American accents. And not a Shiba inu among them?

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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