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.
Spirited Away is a masterwork, the latest and best in a long line from Japan's premieranimator.
Watching the Japanese cartoon epic Spirited Away is like strolling into Alice's Wonderland and seeing every wonder sprout up around you as if for the first time.
| Original Score: 4/4
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.
To watch Spirited Away feels like a special gift. It is a film of such startling imagination, originality, intelligence, and emotion that I feel inexplicable joy when the opening title card fades in.
| Original Score: A+
It's an amazing work, filled with a visual intelligence that's meticulously composed and obscenely clever.
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.
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.
Anything but your regular 'toon, it's a (literally) fantastic experience.
| Original Score: 4/5
At times it's even vaguely reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz, only as if illustrated by Hieronymus Bosch. It's wonderful.
Director Hayao Miyazaki's insistence on hand-drawn graphics gives the CGI visuals an ethereal charm that ensures the story is always a pleasure to behold, even during its rare moments of inaction.
...a gorgeously animated yet sporadically entertaining endeavor that isn't quite the instant classic one might've expected...
| Original Score: 2/4
Enchanting and impressively crafted.
Magnificent, spellbinding movie has a bit of edge.
| Original Score: 5/5
Full of riches, thematic and visual, and the best way to understand them is simply to watch the film and take it all in.
| Original Score: 10/10
Spirited Away exalts the young girl Chihiro's uncanny experiences into an adventure that is as thrillingly ambiguous as it is vividly soundtracked and illustrated.
| Original Score: A-
I went nuts over this movie.
Filmgoers of all ages should not pass up the opportunity to experience such a work of staggering imagination.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
This persistently fascinating if slightly over-long fairytale is propelled by the seemingly boundless imagination of writer-director Hayao Miyazaki.
Spirited Away is wonderful.