A Letter to Momo Reviews

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September 10, 2014
When I read a critique comparing it to "Spirited Away", I wanted to see it right away. And to be honest I wasn't disappointed. One of the best movies I have ever saw. Too good to pass on it. Worth multiple watch.
½ April 2, 2015
Sweet and a little sad Japanese anime. Feels like Miyazaki-san.
September 14, 2014
Pretty much what you would expect. Slow paced and attempts at deep emotion and humor, but a lot of it falls flat. It was enjoyable once, but only for the hardcore anime fans. Everyone else can pass.
½ July 25, 2014
Between a 6/10 and 7/10, "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.
January 17, 2015
Whoever would have thought that the director behind the gloomy and dark JIN-ROH: THE WOLF BRIGADE could turn out such a lovely, heartwarming, and sometimes funny animated delight? As it turned out, though, this was a movie that director Hiroyuki Okiura had always wanted to make. More than seven years in development, A LETTER TO MOMO is gorgeous to look at -- richly painted backdrops providing a peaceful Japanese island inhabited by friendly folks, youths who dive off bridges, and festivals involving straw boats. Better still is the storyline, which, although familiar at times, is told with an honesty and sincerity which makes one wonder if Okiura had been taking lessons from Hayao Miyazaki's MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO. As with that movie, this story deals with a girl who encounters unusual creatures and takes a surprisingly melancholy turn in its second half. The stakes are darker here, though; introverted teenager Momo has recently lost her father after a falling out, with only an incomplete letter left from him. When Momo moves with her sickly mom to Shio Island, she is mortified to discover three gluttonous (and goofy) goblins haunting her attic. One looks very amphibian-like, another like Gollum, while the largest (and strongest) one looks like an ogre. These ghosts cannot be seen by grown-ups and harbor magic powers. Some may be put off by the slow pace of the story, but anyone else should enjoy this one. I highly recommend it, both for animation buffs and watchers of sincere family drama. The dubbing by NYAV Post is outstanding, as well, with young Amanda Pace turning in a fantastic performance as Momo in her acting debut and great support from veterans such as Stephanie Sheh and Bob Bergen.
½ December 7, 2014
Endearing, beautiful, moving, well-crafted and even stunning, A Letter to Momo has overly silly humor at times, but it is a terrific movie thanks to amazing and well written script, incredibly heartwarming ending, emotionally resonant approach, very good character development, wonderful score, great animation and terrific mix of supernatural and realistic aspects. It is simply a delight that can produce overwhelming emotional response and it is undoubtedly one of the finest anime films recently.
September 24, 2014
Miyazaki is clearly an influence to the world here, but the truly beautiful animation is bogged down by an unbelievably slow pace. While the three goblin/monster/creatures are highly entertaining and full of inspired life, the human characters, who we spend most of the film with, really aren't very interesting at all. The 80 minutes of greatness are enough of a reason to stream/fast forward through.
September 7, 2014
A nice fun movie about a girl and her goblins. Suffered from a bit of a jumpy ending, but overall I enjoyed it.
August 11, 2014
Not as far out as Spirited away, but still really good.
½ July 25, 2014
Quando vi que se tratava de uma nova obra de Hiroyuki Okiura fiquei absurdamente empolgado. Desanimei quando vi que não era ghost in the shell. A expectativa me acertou forte e quando assisti esse filme realmente não gostei. Revendo ele com calma e não esperando ver Motoko Kusanagi pude ver que era um filme simpático. Nada fantástico mas merece ser visto pelo menos uma vez.
July 6, 2014
An uplifting story told brilliantly. I teared up. Never thought anime could be so emotional.
½ April 4, 2014
Haven't seen a film so magical since Spirited Away!
February 16, 2014
Watched this film last night - it drew some tears and made me laugh - a very poetic story about how a mother and a daughter finally bond together over the death of the father. The animation is reminiscent of Miyasaki's style and the backgrounds transport you to that little southern Japanese island...
July 25, 2012
I've had the distinct pleasure of watching A Letter to Momo during the Warsaw Film Festival. It's an audacious and pleasurable story about the life of a young girl, grief-stricken after her father's death. In order to let go of her past she movies to a peaceful countryside with her mother and tries to meet new friends and go on living. A shy and introverted girl, Momo has major troubles in adapting to the new environment, but when she suddenly realizes that her house is haunted by some magical, extraordinarily funny and beautifully-drawn creatures, she feels the joy spreading all around her. And in the tantalizing and intense finale, she goes through a marvelous transformation from a cute girl into a strong woman and embarks on a dangerous journey, in order to save her ill mother, and in the process, find the true meaning of life. Hiroyuki Okiura directed the most imaginative and entertaining anime of the last few years, with a beautiful and detailed animation technique and a deep message within.
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