Princess Mononoke (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

Princess Mononoke (1999)



Critic Consensus: With its epic story and breathtaking visuals, Princess Mononoke is a landmark in the world of animation.

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Directed by renowned animator Hayao Miyazaki, this anime has broken a number of box office records in its native Japan. Essentially a statement on the ecological devastation brought on by human advancement, the story follows the battle between Princess Mononoke and a mining village.more
Rating: PG-13 (for images of violence and gore)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Hayao Miyazaki, Neil Gaiman
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On DVD: Dec 19, 2000
Miramax Films - Official Site


Yji Matsuda
as Ashitaka
Yko Tanaka
as Lady Eboshi
Akihiro Miwa
as Moro the Wolf
Billy Crudup
as Ashitaka [English V...
Claire Danes
as San [English Versio...
Billy Bob Thornton
as Jiko [English Versi...
Minnie Driver
as Lady Eboshi [Englis...
Gillian Anderson
as Moro [English Versi...
Jada Pinkett Smith
as Sonji [English Versi...
John DiMaggio
as Koroku [English Ver...
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Critic Reviews for Princess Mononoke

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (36)

[Miyazaki's] visually brilliant, thematically rich fable isn't just an ambitious cartoon; it's an epic, hand-drawn in pen and ink.

Full Review… | December 7, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Done mostly in the style of hand-painted classic animation, with occasional digital assists, "Princess Mononoke is indeed a thing of beauty and imagination.

Full Review… | December 7, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

This handsome, beautifully designed Japanese animated film has the size -- though not the clarity -- of a great Japanese film epic.

Full Review… | November 27, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Miyazaki's hordes of animators haven't penetrated beyond the skin; the moving creatures feel inarticulate and jerky, almost weightless, particularly when played against painterly background mattes.

Full Review… | November 27, 2013
Washington Post
Top Critic

The film's strength lies in its refusal to paint either its arguments or its characters in black and white: There are no pure heroes, no clear-cut villains and no pat answers.

Full Review… | November 27, 2013
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Beautifully constructed and painstakingly written, this is about as close to a perfect animated epic as you're likely to get.

Full Review… | November 27, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Princess Mononoke


Miyazaki returns to the ecological message that he explored in Nausicaa and elevates it to an epic level in this superb story of man versus nature, and only more wonderful than its stunning visuals and score is to see so many complex characters who can't be defined as heroes or villains.

Carlos Magalhes

Super Reviewer

Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke lays out the gods and the demons.There is an interesting story to tell and it does have a lot going for it. The uniqueness of the plot details and the likability of some of the characters hold interest; however, the film slows down in places and the finale was overly long leaving a run time easily over 2 hours.The animation of the characters and even the violence, which is more adult oriented, are nicely drawn. Other elements, including the gods, are more abstract and weird, but don't feel out of place in the grand scheme of things.Yoji Matsuda and Yuriko Ishida lead a Japanese cast that provide satisfying voice work for each of their respective characters. No problems in this department.Princess Mononoke does a lot of things well. It's the drawn out story that is the biggest disappointment.

JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

A much more action-oriented Hayao Miyazaki film that boasts intoxicating animation that beautifully combines traditional with computer-generated and a suitably complex and epic plot. Also one of the more violent Studio Ghibli flicks (far from a blood bath but the film's violence justifies it's PG-13 rating), so it may not be suitable for younger children. Despite it's slightly bloated runtime, this is a very well-rounded eco-themed fantasy epic.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

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