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Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)



Critic Consensus: Kubo and the Two Strings matches its incredible animation with an absorbing -- and bravely melancholy -- story that has something to offer audiences of all ages.

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Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of "Game of Thrones") ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Akihiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen - a magical musical instrument - Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny.

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Aaron Aoki
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Mariel Sheets
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Ralph Fiennes
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Rooney Mara
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Critic Reviews for Kubo and the Two Strings

All Critics (226) | Top Critics (63)

Sweeping tableaux, a wonderful voice cast and adventure that feels genuinely folkloric make this a film that definitely deserves to be taken out of cellophane.

December 27, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A glorious flight of the imagination.

October 10, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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It explores unexpectedly profound ideas of rebirth and destiny rewritten, like origami paper sheets refolded into another form.

September 11, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

With utmost care applied to its every shot, the adults will be marvelling as much as the youngsters.

September 9, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The animation? Well, it robs you of breath, over and over again.

September 9, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Arrives as cherishable proof that it is still possible, amid heightened commercial imperatives, for digimators to push for reflective, affecting art.

September 8, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kubo and the Two Strings


Forged by envisioning animations, magical charm and a compelling story, Kubo and the Two Strings is a surprisingly majestic film that holds up against any other animated tale and their conventional ways of filmmaking and storytelling. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

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Travis Knight assembles Kubo and the Two Strings. A 90 minute animated adventure paces itself slow and steady, perhaps a little too slow at times, but manages an interesting plot to keep the characters moving. A few twist and turns show around the bend and Kubo and the Two Strings has entertainment value for all ages. The visual splendor of the characters and settings are the film's highest accolade, making it easy for continuous watching, even through the slowest of times. Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, and Matthew McConaughey voice the bulk of the journey and Rooney Mara is a pleasant surprise to fill in the gaps. Kubo and the Two Strings leaves an all around pleasant taste on the screen. Find the armor and unleash the magic.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

With annoying characters, a stupid protagonist and a messy plot that is more confusing than enlightening like it wants to be, this stunning stop-motion animation is predictable, unfunny and full of cheesy clichés that will please those who don't mind a story without much imagination.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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