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Ponyo Reviews

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

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 Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: B

April 21, 2014
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

May 6, 2013
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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 Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 4/5

July 22, 2012
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago

Apart from the ecofriendly message, we have, as always, Miyazaki's magnificently inventive animation, which is almost enough to carry the day.

Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago | Original Score: 3/5

February 17, 2012
Mayer Nissim
Digital Spy

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 Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 3/5

July 14, 2011
Dave White

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 Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 4/5

April 4, 2011
Don Groves

For once, Japan's animation maestro is all at sea.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au | Original Score: 2.5

December 29, 2010
Rafer Guzman
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Even when the film feels murky, Miyazaki's painterly eye keeps things afloat

Full Review Source: Newsday

July 6, 2010
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

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 Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4/5

July 6, 2010
Philip French
Observer [UK]

A charming hand-drawn Japanese spin on Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

July 6, 2010
Cris Kennedy

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 Source: Screenwize | Original Score: 3/5

July 4, 2010

That rare children's movie that actually taps into the unique imaginative power of a child's mind.

Full Review Source: DCist | Original Score: 8.1/10

June 15, 2010
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire

Though far from Studio Ghibli's best film, Ponyo is still a magical experience.

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 3/5

April 15, 2010
Janos Gereben
Entertainment Insiders

Significantly, Miyazaki creates realistic, valid and memorably attractive characters, such as the heroic-vulnerable-patient-nurturing-tough mother, Tina Fey.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 13, 2010
Sean Axmaker

... this gentle storybook film is a simple, sweet tale animated with a delicacy unique to animated features.

Full Review Source: Seanax.com

March 25, 2010
Brandon Fibbs

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 Source: BrandonFibbs.com | Original Score: 9/10

March 19, 2010
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

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 Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 2/5

March 18, 2010
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

Beautiful and thoughtful, Miyazaki once again shows he's a master of taking the magical and making it endearing.

Full Review Source: Movie Views

March 16, 2010
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

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 Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 8/10

March 12, 2010
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

Though Ponyo contains images so haunting that it's hard to dismiss altogether, this is one of Miyazaki's feeblest efforts.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

February 16, 2010
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