Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes

Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

Kiki's Delivery Service




Critic Consensus: Kiki's Delivery Service is a heartwarming, gorgeously-rendered tale of a young witch discovering her place in the world.

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Veteran animator Hayao Miyazaki directs this buoyant children's adventure yarn about a young witch striking out on her own. At her mother's behest, 13-year-old Kiki sets out on a year-long apprenticeship with her black cat in tow. With a shaky command of her broom, she ends up in a charming little coastal town that looks like a cross between the French provincial and San Francisco. Unfortunately, the local hotels have a strict "no witches" policy and the police have taken a dim view of her recent aerial mischief-making. She's saved from the street by a kindly baker's wife, who offers her room and board in exchange for her delivering by broom the baker's wares. Soon she befriends a college-aged artist, an old women who fusses over her, and a boy her same age who is nursing a massive crush. All is well until she wakes up one day and realizes that she can't make her broom levitate nor can she talk to her cat. What will Kiki do? ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovimore
Rating: G
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Hayao Miyazaki, John Semper, Jack Fletcher
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 15, 2003
Optimum Releasing


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Critic Reviews for Kiki's Delivery Service

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (2)

The characters are gently and warmly rendered, and a climactic action sequence involving an unmoored dirigible hints at the stately grandiosity of Miyazaki's masterpiece Howl's Moving Castle.

Full Review… | November 26, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Top-drawer kiddie fare for both fans of the exotic and mainstream family auds.

Full Review… | August 10, 2009
Top Critic

The film's status as a top-tier animated endeavor is baffling, to say the least, and it's ultimately difficult not to wonder what its ardent followers have embraced so passionately over the years.

Full Review… | December 4, 2015
Reel Film Reviews

...a visual swoon over the delights of flight.

Full Review… | June 28, 2014

[Miyazaki] revitalizes conventional tropes, using elegant imagery to say something substantial about growing up, and he even subverts gender stereotypes along the way.

Full Review… | February 20, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

An endearing fantasy adventure from Japanese master-animator Hayao Miyazaki is given a quality Disney makeover in its English-language version.

Full Review… | November 27, 2013
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for Kiki's Delivery Service

An average film by Miyazaki that doesn't develop so well its many elements into a cohesive narrative as it should - like the character's sudden loss of power and her inability to make friends. The result is amusing, even if not that satisfying.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Another Miyazaki classic. Who knew the day-to-day exploits of Kiki could be personal yet so epic. Kiki is one of Miyazaki's greatest characters and the animation brings her and the strange city she lives in to vivid life. I also really liked Kiki's wisecracking cat, who voiced by Phil Hartman in the Disney dub (every line he says never fails to induce laughter). This animated film is a cute, joyful, innocent, smart, heart-warming and purely enjoyable tale of a young girl's coming-of-age .

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer


even in the fantastical miyazaki gives us a realistic female character, something more true to life and down to earth than the princesses we normally get from animation with female leads. this film is a bit more reductionist than some of his better known films, and it moves a bit more slowly, but the story plays out as a bit of an allegory to the experience many of us have when looking at real life for the first time. the conversation between kiki and the girl at the cabin in the woods towards the end is something that just about all people can relate to, and it puts this film and life in general in genuine perspective. not as provocative as some of miyazaki's best films, but still good.

danny d

Super Reviewer

Kiki's Delivery Service Quotes

Ursula: We each need to find our own inspiration Kiki, sometimes its not easy.
– Submitted by Nicholas B (2 years ago)
Tombo: Wow! What a cool witch!
– Submitted by Jarrod P (3 years ago)
Jiji: Look, Kiki! It's me! [pointing to a mug with a black cat like him painted on it]
– Submitted by Spencer P (3 years ago)
Tombo: What a cool witch.
– Submitted by Janelle K (3 years ago)

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