A comic adventure that suffers from a dearth of both laughs and thrills.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The tone is generally light, the bickering goblins make a boffo comedy team, and while there's a recurring fart joke, it borders on classy. That's the power of good anime.
Literally beset by goblins, this strained animated effort should have concentrated on the human elements of its story rather than the supernatural.
A beautifully connected film on a spiritual level. Overall, Okiura stays very focused on Momo's emotional journey, which is smart.
| Original Score: 3/4
As Momo conquers her fears, averts a tragedy and finally sees the beauty of her surroundings, the movie grabs your heart with the softest of hands.
It offers a realistic portrayal of Momo's emotional state, but this comes at the expense of a deeper exploration into both the story's lush supernatural landscape and its inhabitants.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Its many warm and charming moments, which sometimes recall the work of Studio Ghibli, should earn the film a solid fan base in America.
While the supernatural element makes for the film's most entertaining sequences... the story distinguishes itself from other anime offerings through its attention to both visual and emotional realism.
Although the film may lack the charm found in similar offerings, it pulls genuine emotional punches that only enhance its sense of wonder.