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2,585 Ratings

Isle of Dogs

Directed by Wes Anderson
Germany, United States, 2018
Animation, Comedy


Atari is the 12-year-old ward of corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When the boy’s dog is exiled to Trash Island, Atari sets off in search of his pet, accompanied by a pack of proud four-legged mongrels. Their journey will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.

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Isle of Dogs Directed by Wes Anderson

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2018 | Winner: Silver Bear for Best Director

Academy Awards

2019 | 2 nominations including: Best Original Score

SXSW Film Festival

2018 | Winner: Audience Award (Headliners)

BAFTA Awards

2019 | 2 nominations including: Animated Film

Like The Grand Budapest Hotel, this visually meticulous stop-motion animated feature is in part about the authoritarian takeover of life’s small pleasures, though its central metaphor is lost in one of Anderson’s weakest plots. But despite its flaws, Isle Of Dogs is a feast of forms, filled with jokes, title cards, strokes of technical ingenuity, and striking, Kurosawa-influenced color schemes.
June 28, 2018
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The result is a quaint tale about the courage of society’s (literal) underdogs, transposed alongside a clumsy and awkward tribute to Japanese culture that teeters between heartfelt sincerity and appropriative hipster aestheticism – unfortunately, Isle of Dogs too often falls into the latter category.
April 22, 2018
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It may be a bleak premise, but Anderson infuses it with humor, employing his trademark comic patter to enliven the dire situation.
April 06, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Isle of Dogs

    I watched this with some children who really loved it but it bored me after about 30 minutes. I am not exactly a fan of this filmmaker but I like that he makes sophisticated children's entertainment. The inclusion of Yoko Ono was a treat for me, but I need more than a steady stream of doggie treats to hold my attention.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Isle of Dogs

    If you're wondering what a political Wes Anderson film would look like, it's this: a genocidal war against dogs by people who prefer cats. And oddly, it kind of works, skating on charm and adventure. Anderson can seem terminally glib in comparison to the masters he references—epic aspirations yield miniaturist result—but the thread that has urgency is that it's time for the old to hand off the world to the young.

  • Ghostman's rating of the film Isle of Dogs

    Probably the weakest Wes Anderson film. For a filmmaker whose films have such strong stories, this was definitely the weakest material he gave himself to work with. It also has a four act structure, missing that fifth act that nearly all the other Anderson flicks had to make it better. It feels like he skips ahead to the climax as a result of this choice & the characters aren't as fleshed out. [cont.]

  • VENIMOS LOS JODIMOS Y NOS FUIMOS's rating of the film Isle of Dogs

    Después del visionado de esta película, uno comprende el porque del gusto (que no fervor casi religioso) por parte de la hipsteriza hacía la obra de Wes Anderson: un más que satisfactorio nivel de animación stop motion, un guión interesante, personajes entrañables y para complacer al cinéfilo nostálgico/compulsivo, una banda sonora que incluye variedad de temas musicales de algunos clásicos del cine japonés.

  • Bilouaustria's rating of the film Isle of Dogs

    CINEMA, DCP _ There is really something mechanic now in Wes Anderson's cinema, you feel like he could make a film the eyes closed and the surprise of his first features is gone. Sure you'll find some good lines, the stop motion is awesome and the thousand references/private jokes are (almost) fun. But is there still enough life to breath for his characters ? The emotion seems long strangled between two jokes.

  • josé neves's rating of the film Isle of Dogs

    Digital. One of our great intellectuals, Eduardo Lourenço, said, simplifying, to like Fellini as a matter of temperament's proximity. For my part, i dislike Anderson cinema for temperamental antagonism, being quite allergic to the expository obsession of his illustrative humor. In this case, i appreciate the stop motion technique, but the rest is there, as bragging as before.

  • Daniel Roque's rating of the film Isle of Dogs

    Another movie that proves that dogs are the man's best friend, but men can't hardly return that friendship back. Anjelica Huston voicing a mute poodle is the most Wes Anderson-ish thing in a Wes Anderson movie.

  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film Isle of Dogs

    Thoroughly enjoyed this! Full of warmth, humour, love, pathos and instantly likeable characters. Isle of Dogs doesn't go too deep on the story level and even pokes fun at that fact in the wrap-up but the attention to detail in every frame is herculean and it's all wrapped up with killer sound design and a really clever use of second language with minimal subs. 4.5 stars

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