Ponyo

Ponyo

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Ponyo Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Newsday

July 6, 2010
David Jenkins
Time Out
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We're drawn under the waves of the sea to a hidden enclave of neon-hued aqualife more vibrant, surreal and enchanting than any of the floating 3D whatsits in 'Avatar'.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

February 16, 2010
Ruth Hessey
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
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Children will love this. It's classic Miyazaki.

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

August 27, 2009
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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One of the anime master's weaker efforts.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 20, 2009
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Ponyo hasn't changed my mind about Miyazaki. But I'm willing to accept and enjoy this little window into the dream life of fish.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

August 19, 2009
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
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I liked that it wasn't bound by the conventions of normal storytelling and I loved seeing a film that is just hand drawn animation.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

August 17, 2009
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
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I was, I'm afraid, a little lost at times.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

August 17, 2009
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Trippy in the right way, and wholly enchanting.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

August 14, 2009
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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This exquisite pastel-colored, eye-popping example of hand-drawn animation is still very Japanese, aimed most specifically at children around the world -- but with a storytelling sophistication that adults will savor.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 14, 2009
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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 Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

August 14, 2009
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Five minutes into this magical film you'll be making lists of the individuals of every age you can expose to the very special mixture of fantasy and folklore, adventure and affection, that make up the enchanted vision of Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 5/5

August 14, 2009
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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You watch a Miyazaki film with the pie-eyed, gape-mouthed awe of a child being read the most fantastic story and suddenly transported to places previously beyond the limits of imagination. It's quite a trip.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 14, 2009
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Miyazaki works marvels. Sit back and behold.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 14, 2009
Alan Niester
Globe and Mail
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It's very much a charming kids' film, created by a master of animation.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

August 14, 2009
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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The 68-year-old filmmaker shows that he's at the peak of his skills, both as a visual artist and a storyteller.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

August 14, 2009
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Hayao Miyazaki's magical Ponyo blends fantasy with just a drop of reality, and the result is irresistible.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 14, 2009
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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A bright tale of wonder and connection, Ponyo is a reminder that a G rating needn't be a "little kid" designation.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 14, 2009
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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When you see Ponyo -- and you must -- be prepared for a movie that doesn't abide by Hollywood rules. This is a tale for children (yes, of all ages) who are ready to be coaxed into another world through simple words and luscious pictures.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 14, 2009
Greg Quill
Toronto Star
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It's a wonderful place that Miyazaki creates, an alternatively sweet and savage world that defies physics and common sense, as imaginative and impossible in its own way as Jules Verne's sci-fi fantasies or Maurice Sendak's animal kingdom.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

August 14, 2009
Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
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If the plot of Ponyo is small as a minnow, its themes -- the relationship between parent and child, between the young and the elderly, between friends, between man and nature -- are large and fully realized.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

August 14, 2009
Dan Kois
Washington Post
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Ponyo isn't Hayao Miyazaki's greatest film, but his beautiful, quirky fable has magic other children's movies can't touch.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 14, 2009
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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When the ocean rises in this wonderful movie, each leaping wave stares out at us with a baleful eye as if in watchful and worried wait.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

August 14, 2009
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Even though Ponyo is not one of Miyazaki's great masterpieces (at least from a narrative perspective), it is so beautiful and immersive that it's hard to imagine grown ups not losing themselves in it.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

August 14, 2009
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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It's unlike any other animated feature -- excepting, of course, Miyazaki's own.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: A

August 14, 2009
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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With its ever-shifting world and palpable sense of magic, Ponyo captures the wonder of being a child.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 13, 2009
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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If you've never experienced a Miyazaki movie, here's your chance to try one. Come on in. The water's fine.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

August 13, 2009
Ronnie Scheib
Variety
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Ponyo possesses an almost demonic childish energy and a delight in form stronger than reason or narrative.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 13, 2009
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Nothing in the great animation of a Miyazaki movie stays cute for long. Not the ocean, not the trees, not the critters that live in them. Change is constant but rarely natural.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

August 13, 2009
Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
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A superb work of Japanese fantasy from animation wizard Miyazaki that transcends age barriers.

August 13, 2009
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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Older kids and even adults are unlikely to get bored, thanks to the story's unforced sweetness, giddy highs, and stunningly beautiful visuals. Even in the unspoiled Devonian, real life never looked this good.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: A

August 13, 2009
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Ponyo isn't quite as memorable as some of Miyazaki's previous works, but it's a magical experience that's far superior to most animated offerings.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 13, 2009
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This poetic, visually breathtaking work by the greatest of all animators has such deep charm that adults and children will both be touched. It's wonderful and never even seems to try: It unfolds fantastically.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

August 13, 2009
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Don't tell Walt Disney, but Hayao Miyazaki 
really holds the keys to the magic kingdom.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

August 12, 2009
Dana Stevens
Slate
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Ponyo has elements of both a classic fairy tale and an environmental message movie, but it shifts as nimbly between those genres as Ponyo herself does from person to goldfish and back again.

Full Review Source: Slate

August 12, 2009
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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A children's film that's at once overly simplistic and needlessly nonsensical.

August 12, 2009
Aaron Hillis
Time Out New York
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What held in the animator's previous films as eccentrically multifaceted dream logic comes off for once as a series of non sequiturs -- but really, why complain while sucking on an Everlasting Gobstopper of eye candy?

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

August 12, 2009
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

August 12, 2009
Scott Foundas
Village Voice
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It's a movie for anyone who, like Miyazaki himself, can still happily commune with his inner five-year-old.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 11, 2009
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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When Miyazaki makes films that decry the threat to the natural world, every molecule onscreen resonates with that belief -- a belief that dissolves the boundaries between form and content.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

August 3, 2009
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