Spirited Away Reviews

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Anthony Quinn
Independent
December 7, 2014
Knock me down with a feather, it turns out to be terrific; maybe not a masterpiece, but certainly aglitter with invention, excitement and a mysterious kind of wit.
Neil Norman
This is London
December 7, 2014
Vivid, amusing and genuinely awe-inspiring.
David Stratton
sbs.com.au
December 7, 2014
Writer-director Hayao Miyazaki, who previously made the impressive Princess Mononoke, has created a wonderfully bizarre world filled with a gallery of creepy, and some not so-creepy, characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steven Horn
IGN Movies
December 7, 2014
This one is an event, a huge accomplishment in the world of traditional animation and a powerful rebuttal to the notion that films for children must be simplistic and visually dull.
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
December 7, 2014
Chihiro's escapades don't always proceed one from the other, but let yourself go and you'll be swept away as well.
Luisa Browett
FILMINK (Australia)
December 7, 2014
The impressive watercolour backgrounds and intense focus on the smallest details make Spirited Away more than a kid's flick. It will grab hold and impress, amaze and entertain before letting you go.
Christopher Borrelli
Toledo Blade
December 7, 2014
Spirited Away is unquestionably the best animated feature since Brad Bird's The Iron Giant.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John Wooley
Tulsa World
December 7, 2014
What it does have is the same kind of free-floating, imaginative animation, taking wing for even wilder flights of fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
April 23, 2014
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.
Mark Schilling
Screen International
April 23, 2014
Spirited Away is a masterwork, the latest and best in a long line from Japan's premieranimator.
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
April 23, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 23, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 16, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Michael Agger
New Yorker
November 27, 2013
It's an amazing work, filled with a visual intelligence that's meticulously composed and obscenely clever.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
November 27, 2013
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.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 27, 2013
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.

Total Film
November 27, 2013
Anything but your regular 'toon, it's a (literally) fantastic experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
November 27, 2013
At times it's even vaguely reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz, only as if illustrated by Hieronymus Bosch. It's wonderful.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
November 27, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 5, 2012
...a gorgeously animated yet sporadically entertaining endeavor that isn't quite the instant classic one might've expected...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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