My Neighbor Totoro Reviews

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Charles Solomon
Los Angeles Times
December 8, 2014
Despite these limits, My Neighbor Totoro is a gentle and affirming film.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
December 8, 2014
Miyazaki's appreciation of miraculous possibilities and childhood visions is what drives Totoro.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ted Shen
Chicago Reader
December 8, 2014
Sheer enchantment.
Richard Luck
Film4
December 8, 2014
One of the finest family films ever made.
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
October 2, 2014
...a clarion call for the legitimacy of imagination - not only in stories, but in the real world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 20, 2014
A film that crosses generations and cultural barriers: watching it, it's hard not to feel like a kid again.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
May 24, 2013
A beautifully observed film that has become a guaranteed charmer for all ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
May 24, 2013
Not as complex or tense as Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki's masterpiece, released 13 years later). Still, few things are.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Rose
Guardian
May 23, 2013
Despite the cuteness, there's little in the way of icky sentiment - indeed the spectre of death hangs over the story - but it's a captivating world you won't want to come home from.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Sam Adams
AV Club
May 23, 2013
The world the characters inhabit is less expressionist than impressionist, blessed with a delicate evocation of natural light and color that subtly incorporates Miyazaki's environmentalism.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
May 23, 2013
Perfect. Simple as.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dan Jolin
Empire Magazine
May 20, 2013
An otherworldly tale of childhood and a definitive work of imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
May 6, 2013
With the finest rhythm of any Ghibli film, this masterwork gently see-saws the faint aches of youth with utter trust in the wonder of a nature-inspired imagination. In lulling, Ozu-like moments, the landscape twinkles in its beauty, like the film itself.
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
February 4, 2013
As a hangout movie for kids, My Neighbor Totoro pleases with its easygoing pace, curiosity about the natural world, and sweet spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 30, 2010
One of the best animated films ever made for families: it celebrates feminine sensitivity, the importance of the spirit world, respect for nature, and the pre-eminence of the spiritual practice of kindness.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
March 25, 2010
While the fantasy and whimsy captures the playful imagination of children, a powerful undercurrent of emotional crisis grounds their experience...
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 17, 2010
A soft, approachable film, about simple, peaceful emotions and characters. That may sound unambitious, but it is the most ambitious thing of all.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
March 6, 2010
Visually arresting and consistently compelling, this movie is magical.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Christian Blauvelt
Slant Magazine
March 4, 2010
Miyazaki's cinematic magic is so enchanting that even a slew of unremarkable extra features won't take the smile off your face.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Miyazaki is a genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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