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Castle in the Sky

Castle in the Sky (1989)

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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.

Apr 15, 2003

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

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (35)
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Frequently astounding.

March 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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...as buoyant as you'd expect from a movie largely set amidst the clouds.

June 9, 2014 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

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

February 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

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

June 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

A Star Wars-like animated feature about a legendary city behind the clouds and the many secrets it holds about nature, robots, light, and magic.

March 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Castle in the Sky is an...uplifting experience. It's the perfect place to view where Miyazaki has been and where he intends to go.

March 6, 2010 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Simply amazing.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Exciting, all-ages anime airborne fantasy epic.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Unusually detailed animation glides hand in hand with the film's aura of wonderment.

September 3, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Miyazaki's flying contraptions are a sight to behold, rivaled only by the film's epic sweep and nonstop parade of action set-pieces.

September 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

It shows the master still learning, still discovering his pacing.

April 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

I especially liked the designs of giant floating flying machines that seem taken straight out of 1920s science fiction magazine illustrations . . .

January 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Some of the action verges on the cartoonish, but Miyazaki's extraordinary realism in dealing with his characters is already evident in this fun adventure story.

October 8, 2003 Full Review Source: About.com
About.com

Despite the nonstop action, some deeply meditative lessons lurk beneath.

April 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

My favorite Miyazaki film

April 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Interesting for the Miyazaki scholar for sure but still feeling its way in terms of the connectivity and brilliance of Miyazaki's later plots.

October 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Try to picture Terry Gilliam doing an animated Star Wars by way of Jules Verne.

March 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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.
November 26, 2013
blacksheepboy

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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.
July 20, 2013
Christopher Heim

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"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!
April 21, 2013
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

this is a wonderfully inventive film with very good characters and interesting applications for the sacrifices made in the end. the film has some surprises, and many of the things left unsaid were left that way with reasoned intentionality. a great film worth multiple viewings.
September 17, 2012
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