My Neighbor Totoro Reviews

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Top Critic
Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Too much of the film...is taken up with stiff, mechanical chitchat.
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Leonard Klady
Variety
September 1, 2008
Obviously aimed at an international audience, the film evinces a disorienting combination of cultures that produces a nowhere land more confused than fascinating.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 15, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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+
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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-
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 6, 2002
Here is a children's film made for the world we should live in, rather than the one we occupy.
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
August 2, 2007
what Miyazaki has animated is an idyll, that most melancholic and nostalgic of genres, where landscapes vanish, innocence is lost and death is as much a part of nature as life.
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
March 6, 2010
Visually arresting and consistently compelling, this movie is magical.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
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.
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
A real contender for the greatest animated family film ever made.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Miyazaki is a genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
March 24, 2005
A little dated and a little immature when compared to later Miyazaki works, but that's not such a bad thing, really.
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
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
May 23, 2013
Perfect. Simple as.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
June 19, 2007
The lack of sentimentality will be utterly refreshing to those raised on a diet of Disney.
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
June 17, 2002
It's Miyazaki's finest work! It's the best film of 1988! It's the best animated feature ever made!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Shane Burridge
rec.arts.movies.reviews
November 17, 2003
Has such assured naturalism and incidental detail that it seems we are watching animated actors, not just cartoon characters
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