Castle in the Sky (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes

Castle in the Sky (1989)

Castle in the Sky




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A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Animation, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Hayao Miyazaki
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 15, 2003
Tokuma Shoten


Andy Dick
as Henri
Richard Dysart
as Uncle Pomme
Jim Cummings
as General
Mayumi Tanaka
as Pazu [Japanese versi...
Keiko Yokozawa
as Sheeta [Japanese ver...
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Critic Reviews for Castle in the Sky

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (2)

Liable to strain the patience of adults and the attention spans of children.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Frequently astounding.

Full Review… | March 7, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

An unexpectedly thrilling adventure from Hayao Miyazaki...

Full Review… | August 4, 2015
Reel Film Reviews buoyant as you'd expect from a movie largely set amidst the clouds.

Full Review… | June 9, 2014

If any film in [Studio Ghibli]'s filmography has inspired the works of Pixar, it's surely this one.

Full Review… | February 20, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

One of Japanese writer-director Hayao Miyazaki's best films.

Full Review… | June 14, 2012
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for Castle in the Sky


Miyazaki is a versatile artist who can make just as many thought-provoking stories as lighter ones. This one ranks among the latter, a very delightful animation that has its share of sillier moments but makes up for them with a lot of fun and adventure.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

The best action-oriented Miyazaki film and the first to be produced under the legendary Studio Ghibli. The animation is incredibly-detailed and the action is some of the most exhilarating ever put into an animated feature. The steampunk world the character's occupy is incredibly imaginative and fascinating. Combined with a great story along with fun characters, and this delightful treat for all ages is easily one of Miyazaki's best efforts.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

"Castle in the Sky" is considered to be the first ever film released from this filmmaker (Hayao Miyazaki) and to be perfectly honest, it's a sheer masterpiece in storytelling and in it's visuals. There were portions that actually made me tear up, just listening to the music along with the scenery, which was brilliant beyond belief. The American voice acting fits very well into the Dubbed version and the overall atmosphere is just so loveable. Many films have definitely been influenced by this, and I would be shocked if they denied that, because the filmmaking (mostly in post) is breathtaking. I have absolutely no complaints about this film whatsoever. It is funny, well written, well directed, and beautifully animated. With no flaws in sight, this film is incredible!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Castle in the Sky Quotes

Sheeta: A king without compassion does not deserve a kingdom.
– Submitted by Johnny H (18 months ago)

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