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.
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
Spirited Away is wonderful.
A fractured, knotted story about adjusting to new surroundings and having courage in the face of peril.
Think you're too hip for Japanese anime about a lost ten-year-old girl whose parents turn into snorting pigs? Get over it.
| Original Score: 4/4
Miyazaki has created a complete, complex world with this film, and it's certainly a magical journey. Very, very good entertainment.
| Original Score: A
Despite a dip midway through, this is a captivating fantasy that sets a new benchmark for animation.
Initially seems like a Through the Looking-Glass fantasy, but rapidly picks up a resonance, weight and complexity that make it all but Shakespearean.