Howl's Moving Castle Reviews

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Derek Malcolm
This is London
December 8, 2014
[Miyazaki] may have made better films than Howl's Moving Castle, but it still exhibits his amazing imagination and astonishing detail.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
December 8, 2014
There is little of the magic and Japanese flavour of such Miyazaki masterpieces as Spirited Away.
John Lyttle
New Statesman
December 8, 2014
Howl's Moving Castle is Japanese and anime, and therefore automatically more artistic than its US counterparts. The right cultural cachet gives you a lot of leeway.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
December 8, 2014
Like Tiepolo, Miyazaki is a winged artist who flies in his own space, taking gravity with him. He can put us into a childish stupor of anticipation, then satisfaction. His vision is so free that it captivates.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
December 8, 2014
A floatingly delightful fairytale with its heart set on repealing the law of gravity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
December 8, 2014
It is so intriguing.
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
December 8, 2014
Miyazaki's vision is an extraordinary one, and Howl's Moving Castle confirms his fascination for transformations, for dangerous journeys and strange adventures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeff Elbel
Paste Magazine
December 8, 2014
The film, as expected, is a feast for the eyes.
Andrew Dowler
NOW Toronto
December 8, 2014
Howl's Moving Castle is a graceful fantasy that builds on the strengths Hayao Miyazaki displayed in Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
December 8, 2014
Miyazaki isn't interested in the jolts of surrealism so much as imbuing his audience with the idea that reality can change at any moment, and change back just as quickly.
Daniel Saney
Digital Spy
December 8, 2014
Even if the plot leaves something to be desired in terms of explanation, it can be followed if you stay on your toes. Either way, Howl's Moving Castle is a marvel to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
December 8, 2014
I've only recently started scratching the surface of Japanese animé as an art form, an acquired taste still, but it is works of full wonder and beauty like this one that keep pushing me into acquiring it.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
November 26, 2014
A very good fantasy epic about life, war, and a young learning to live through old age.
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
March 10, 2014
Despite the muddy narrative... It's the more intimate character relationships that ultimately make Howl's Moving Castle work as a whole.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
November 19, 2013
What you get, above all, is some enchanting flashes of classic Miyazaki and the nagging sense that something essential is missing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
November 19, 2013
Although his latest film, Howl's Moving Castle, features astonishing imagery, it's a less complete package than Spirited Away or its predecessor, Princess Mononoke.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

Total Film
November 19, 2013
Prepare to be dazzled: Hayao Miyazaki is back.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
November 19, 2013
The story grows more complicated (sometimes too much so) but the heart, humor and luscious, mostly hand-drawn animation remain constant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Christopher Borrelli
Toledo Blade
November 19, 2013
Howl's Moving Castle is a visually wondrous, invigorating work of breathless invention and grandiosity, full of hushed pastoral glens, zeppelin blitzkriegs, whimsical machines, and blobs that wear straw hats. And it's not Miyazaki's finest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 19, 2013
What a moveable feast of delights.
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