Writer-director Hiroyuki Okiura, however, does not match the high expectations for story and design set by other Japanese animators.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A striking example of Japanese hand-drawn animation, it casually combines things you wouldn't expect in one place.
Had Okiura cut some of the supernatural shtick he would have had a far more affecting and mercifully shorter movie.
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.
"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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Scene after gorgeously hand-drawn scene offer a visual feast, but two hours of it is a bit too long.
| Original Score: 3/4
Thankfully, the supernatural elements never overshadow the human story occurring in the foreground.
| Original Score: B+
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.
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.
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.