Ponyo Reviews

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
April 21, 2014
Not as profound as Miyazaki's other works, but the fact that an animated children's film actually has the brains to go for larger, resonant themes is worth congratulation.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
May 6, 2013
Miyazaki's ode to motherhood; the sea is the greatest nurturer of all. The underwater sequences are some of Ghibli's most luminous, complex reflections of nature's teeming beauty.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
July 22, 2012
The fantasy elements are so seamlessly blended with real elements. There is very little disbelief by the characters, and you want to believe yourself by the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago
February 17, 2012
Apart from the ecofriendly message, we have, as always, Miyazaki's magnificently inventive animation, which is almost enough to carry the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mayer Nissim
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
There's still plenty of gorgeous eye-candy to keep adults going if they've taken their kids along for some unthreatening entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dave White
Movies.com
April 4, 2011
Let's say you have a five-year-old child who's not all caught up in the details of boring, mundane reality. Here's that kid's new favorite movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Don Groves
sbs.com.au
December 29, 2010
For once, Japan's animation maestro is all at sea.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
July 6, 2010
Even when the film feels murky, Miyazaki's painterly eye keeps things afloat
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
A sweet love story about a boy and his fish, Ponyo is a weird yet wonderful children's fantasy, and marks another milestone in the career of Hayao Miyazaki.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
July 6, 2010
A charming hand-drawn Japanese spin on Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid.
Cris Kennedy
Screenwize
July 4, 2010
His antediluvian underwater creatures are gorgeous, a world removed from Finding Nemo, his sweeping tides and smashing tsunamis are a patchwork of colour and technique.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 15, 2010
That rare children's movie that actually taps into the unique imaginative power of a child's mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.1/10
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
April 15, 2010
Though far from Studio Ghibli's best film, Ponyo is still a magical experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Janos Gereben
Entertainment Insiders
April 13, 2010
Significantly, Miyazaki creates realistic, valid and memorably attractive characters, such as the heroic-vulnerable-patient-nurturing-tough mother, Tina Fey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
March 25, 2010
... this gentle storybook film is a simple, sweet tale animated with a delicacy unique to animated features.
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com
March 19, 2010
While the animation in Ponyo is simplistic, even crude by many people's standards, there is no denying the film's dazzling color palette, masterful attention to detail and dizzying imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
March 18, 2010
Shouldn't an anime' auteur of Hayao Miyazaki's stature avoid a story about a sea creature interacting with a human child? Isn't that "Finding Nemo?"
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
March 16, 2010
Beautiful and thoughtful, Miyazaki once again shows he's a master of taking the magical and making it endearing.
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
March 12, 2010
Doesn't commit itself to mining our deeper feelings, and as such it feels much more geared to younger viewers; but with that comes dazzling displays of drawn and painted visuals, full of color, life.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
February 16, 2010
Though Ponyo contains images so haunting that it's hard to dismiss altogether, this is one of Miyazaki's feeblest efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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