A Letter to Momo Reviews

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May 7, 2015
This accessible and heartfelt anime charms because of its honesty and impressive attention [to] detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Hughes
Guardian
April 30, 2015
The hit-and-miss English dub flattens some of the dramatic beats, but this is still a rather lovely piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
Grolsch Film Works
January 29, 2015
Though made by the studio Production I.G, this is a markedly Ghibli-esque affair, overtly referencing Miyazaki's My Neighbour Totoro and Princess Mononoke among others.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 5, 2014
The new anime A Letter to Momo feels like the movie that Hayao Miyazaki's final film should have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly
September 5, 2014
Filmmakers of live-action fare, even that which ostensibly is aimed at adults, could learn a lot from its tact.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
September 5, 2014
A Letter to Momo is a sweet, melancholy story with beautiful artwork that pays special attention to both natural surroundings and traditional Japanese animistic spirits, but its appeal is overwhelmingly human.
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 5, 2014
A sweet, heartfelt, yet never maudlin story about an 11-year-old girl's coming to terms with the loss of her father.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Thomas Lee
San Francisco Chronicle
September 4, 2014
It's difficult to imagine any children's movie retaining the attention of its intended audience for two hours, but this movie feels especially monotonous.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
September 4, 2014
Despite the hand-drawn film's supernatural edge, one of Okiura's lyrical strengths is acquainting a viewer with the poetry of the real - animated reflections of ordinary, beautiful things we see in everyday life without actually noticing them at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Emily S. Mendel
culturevulture.net
September 4, 2014
It's (... ) remarkable since it's a tender, sweet film that softly explores the resolution of loss on levels that parents and children both will understand, enjoy and savor.
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
August 29, 2014
Remains absolutely lovely with intimate moments and heartbreaking with honest communication, sold with gorgeous animation that brings out character detail and fantasy peculiarity with equal grace.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
August 28, 2014
A sweet tale of a sad girl who moves to a new place and meets supernatural pals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 28, 2014
A striking example of Japanese hand-drawn animation, it casually combines things you wouldn't expect in one place.
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
August 28, 2014
Had Okiura cut some of the supernatural shtick he would have had a far more affecting and mercifully shorter movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
August 28, 2014
After the fashion of Miyazaki's films, the visual style achieves a satisfying balance between realistic detail and painterly flourishes, and the laid-back pacing allows one to savor both.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 28, 2014
"A Letter to Momo" is unquestionably lovely to look at, but viewers may not be able to shake the feeling that they've seen much of it before, and done better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kristin Tillotson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 28, 2014
Scene after gorgeously hand-drawn scene offer a visual feast, but two hours of it is a bit too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andrew Crump
Movie Mezzanine
August 27, 2014
Who cares if there's a better film to be cut out of A Letter to Momo's frames? If the experience of watching is exhausting, it's no less rewarding.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly
August 11, 2014
Thankfully, the supernatural elements never overshadow the human story occurring in the foreground.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Allegra Frank
Film Comment Magazine
August 11, 2014
The stunning animation, from the energy of its characters' faces and bodies to those entrancing backgrounds securely rank the film alongside other worthy entries in post-Miyazaki anime.
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