Ponyo Reviews

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Don Groves
sbs.com.au
December 29, 2010
For once, Japan's animation maestro is all at sea.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 28, 2009
Ponyo is something of a disappointment. Leaving aside the plot deficiencies and storytelling awkwardness, Mr. Miyazaki's latest simply doesn't look good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 13, 2009
If you consider Teletubbies to be a work of creative genius then, yeah, okay, Ponyo is great, too.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
August 17, 2009
I was, I'm afraid, a little lost at times.
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
August 16, 2009
I sure like Miyazaki's visual style, but could he for once make a movie that actually made sense? Or have realistic characters, like a mother who wouldn't leave her 5 year alone during an extremely dangerous storm?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
September 2, 2009
Hayao Miyazaki is off his game with this film that has weaker art and animation than his usual films and a script that needed another draft or two.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 12, 2009
A children's film that's at once overly simplistic and needlessly nonsensical.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 24, 2009
[N]ever coheres into a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts, as Miyazaki's true classics have done...
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 14, 2009
Miyazaki's artwork can be lovely -- and the delicate, watery colors of Ponyo are particularly well done -- but he's still a slave to the genre's peculiar traditions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
August 20, 2009
One of the anime master's weaker efforts.
Eric Lurio
Times Square
August 14, 2009
Probably the most saccarine horror film I've seen in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
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
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
August 14, 2009
Ponyo will sure make you long for the days of hand-drawn animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 12, 2009
Charming, amusing and firmly anchored in a child's point of view, this movie from the master animator of Spirited Away makes a great introduction to that acquired-taste style of filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
August 12, 2009
Admirable and enjoyable and beautiful, but it's a movie for the littlest of the little ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Lucy Barrick
Radio Times
February 16, 2010
This is a million miles away from the garish and crude cartoons that American studios often churn out, and serves as a reminder that animated films can be imaginative, enchanting and exciting while still telling a sweet, good-hearted story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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