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Spirited Away (2001)



Critic Consensus: Spirited Away is a dazzling, enchanting, and gorgeously drawn fairy tale that will leave viewers a little more curious and fascinated by the world around them.

Movie Info

Master animation director Hayao Miyazaki follows up on his record-breaking 1997 opus Princess Mononoke with this surreal Alice in Wonderland-like tale about a lost little girl. The film opens with ten-year-old Chihiro riding along during a family outing as her father races through remote country roads. When they come upon a blocked tunnel, her parents decide to have a look around -- even though Chihiro finds the place very creepy. When they pass through the tunnel, they discover an abandoned amusement park. As Chihiro's bad vibes continue, her parents discover an empty eatery that smells of fresh food. After her mother and father help themselves to some tasty purloined morsels, they turn into giant pigs. Chihiro understandably freaks out and flees. She learns that this very weird place, where all sorts of bizarre gods and monsters reside, is a holiday resort for the supernatural after their exhausting tour of duty in the human world. Soon after befriending a boy named Haku, Chihiro learns the rules of the land: one, she must work , as laziness of any kind is not tolerated; and two, she must take on the new moniker of Sen. If she forgets her real name, Haku tells her, then she will never be permitted to leave. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovimore
Rating: PG (for some scary moments)
Genre: Drama, Animation, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Hayao Miyazaki, Cindy Davis Hewitt, Donald H. Hewitt
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 15, 2003
Box Office: $9.9M
Walt Disney Pictures - Official Site


Rumi Hiiragi
as Chihiro Ogino
Miyu Irino
as Master Haku
Mari Natsuki
as Yubaba/Zeniba
Takashi NaitŰ
as Chihiro's father, A...
Yasuko Sawaguchi
as Chihiro's Mother, Y...
Tsunehiko Kamijo
as Assistant Manager
Susan Egan
as Lin [USA Version]
Suzanne Pleshette
as Yubaba/Zeniba
Michael Chiklis
as Chihiro's Father
Yasuka Sawaguchi
as Chihiro's mother, Y...
Lauren Holly
as Chihiro's Mother
John Ratzenberger
as Assistant Manager
Tara Strong
as Baby Boh
Yo Oizumi
as Foreman of the frog ...
Koba Hayashi
as River God
Tsunehiko Kamijyo
as School principal
Takehiko Ono
as Employee
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Critic Reviews for Spirited Away

All Critics (178) | Top Critics (41)

Artful but not arty, Spirited Away is a handcrafted cartoon, as personal as an Utamaro painting, yet its breadth and heart give it an appeal that should touch American viewers of all ages.

Full Review… | April 23, 2014
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The result is nothing less than magical, a throwback to the very best of early Disney. If I can't remember the last time I was this enchanted by an animated film, it's because I was too young.

Full Review… | April 23, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

It's an amazing work, filled with a visual intelligence that's meticulously composed and obscenely clever.

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

Miyazaki's luminescent, gorgeously realized world is relatively safe for children, but it also acknowledges blood, pain, dread, and death in ways that other animated films wouldn't dare.

Full Review… | November 27, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

Spirited Away has much to say about many worthy things: the life of the spirit, materialist greed, the importance of words, the power of love.

Full Review… | November 27, 2013
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Enchanting and impressively crafted.

Full Review… | October 25, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Spirited Away

"Spirited Away" follows Chihiro as she moves to a new town with her family. Upon discovering this new world after losing track of direction, he parents become pigs (literally) and she must accept this world she has been born into, along with the name "Sin" that has been given to her. Discovering answers she needs to get out and how people and things are much more than they seem to be, her character transforms more than any child character I have had the pleasure of viewing in a long time. "Spirited Away" may not be one of the best Miyazaki films I have seen, but it is certainly a great one. With a whole lot of heart, twists, and lessons, this is one film you surely shouldn't miss. I have to fault the film for taking a little too much time as her character of "Sin" as she works to being released from this world. Everything else was developed wonderfully, I just feel this film could have shaved off ten to fifteen minutes. In the end, this is a great film with an really good story and beautiful animation.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Breath-taking, magical animation and a story with a big heart; and though I'm still not sure I understood the premise, exactly, this was a beautiful film to watch, brilliantly drawn and animated.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer


A sprawling epic concerning a young girl and her parents who stumble upon a mysterious ghost town while moving to another city. When he parents are turned into pigs and the girl is forced to survive on her own, she is faced with the difficult task of growing up fast and learning how to take care of herself while constantly having to prove she can stand up for herself when the town becomes inhabited by a variety of creatures, some abusive, some not. This animated film is a sensational one, a movie so full of creativity and wonder that also possesses some darker undertones not often seen in movies like this. It is considered one of the best animated movies ever, and I can see why, given the original story and flat-out phenomenal execution on just about every creative level.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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