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Spirited Away Reviews

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
February 7, 2003
like a combination of 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'Alice in Wonderland' retold by a clever storyteller who incorporates his own details, twists and bits of humor into the plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
January 16, 2003
It's a wonderful example of traditional Japanese anime, and a flat-out terrific film.
January 13, 2003
Repeatedly reminded me of the later Oz books, with Chihiro's Dorothyesque role in a surreal and perilous fantasy land.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 9, 2003
As soft and strange as a dream.
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
January 5, 2003
It's the sort of film that gives rise to the awed question, 'How did he do that?'
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
December 29, 2002
Taking a page from "Alice In Wonderland" seems to have helped.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
December 17, 2002
It's weird, wonderful, and not necessarily for kids.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience
December 9, 2002
A wierd and fulfilling fantasy, chalk full of inspired transporting imagery, crucial to the success of animated films but in short supply of late.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
December 8, 2002
A rich and fantastic world awaits us in this extraordinary film from Hayao Miyazaki (and a crew of thousands), through which our little heroine has to progress and learn responsibility amidst great dangers and fearsome spirits.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
December 6, 2002
The imagery is rich, colorful and imaginative -- as you'd expect from Miyazaki.
| Original Score: 9/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 20, 2002
Creative beyond all reason or expectation, this deserving winner of the Best Animated Feature Oscar is a phenomenal achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Josh Gilchrist
Billings Outpost (Montana)
November 14, 2002
We are thrust into a kaleidoscopic wonderland for more than two hours, quite long for an animated film. There's enough adventure and jeopardy in this film to fill five films of this nature.
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
November 8, 2002
It's a bloody shame that the anime film with the strongest theatrical push I can remember has to be this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 4, 2002
Miyazaki's nonstop images are so stunning, and his imagination so vivid, that the only possible complaint you could have about Spirited Away is that there is no rest period, no timeout.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
November 3, 2002
Sorry, y'all -- I give up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alex Ramirez
Cinenganos
October 22, 2002
La cinta animada más hermosa que he visto jamás.
Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (cleveland.com)
October 21, 2002
Prepare to be Spirited Away by this amazing animated film.
| Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 21, 2002
Filled with haunting imagery, subtly rendered characters and an emotional core absent from most anime, Spirited Away is a rich cinematic experience, a story that reads like direct translation of the director's dream...
Full Review| Original Score: A
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 21, 2002
Spirited Away conjures up a beautiful, diverse, richly envisioned tale that constantly delights... even when it verges on the limits of coherence.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 18, 2002
In scene after scene, Spirited Away unleashes so much wonder and visual imagination that you end up watching the movie in a state of rapturous, awestruck bliss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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