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Spirited Away Reviews

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Stephen Himes
Film Snobs

Sorry, y'all -- I give up.

Full Review Source: Film Snobs | Original Score: 2/5

November 3, 2002
David Cornelius

Yes, Spirited Away is a triumph of imagination, but it's also a failure of storytelling.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

April 11, 2003
Rob Blackwelder

Something akin to a Japanese Alice Through the Looking Glass, except that it seems to take itself far more seriously.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 3/4

September 25, 2002

'Alice's adventure through the looking glass and into zombie-land' is filled with strange and wonderful creatures.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

October 4, 2002
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a gorgeously animated yet sporadically entertaining endeavor that isn't quite the instant classic one might've expected...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

March 5, 2012
Mark Schilling
Screen International

Spirited Away is a masterwork, the latest and best in a long line from Japan's premieranimator.

Full Review Source: Screen International

April 23, 2014
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

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 Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: A+

February 16, 2014
Liz Perle
Common Sense Media

Magnificent, spellbinding movie has a bit of edge.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

January 2, 2011
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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

October 21, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This is one of the year's best films.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

September 20, 2002
James Berardinelli
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Miyazaki has provided another triumph, and, in the midst of the quality fall-off of Disney's in-house animated projects, a reason for animation-lovers to rejoice.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 22, 2002
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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 Source: Wall Street Journal

November 27, 2013
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

It's easy to get lost amid the flow, as characters transform and magical powers emerge and disappear without warning.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2002
Michael Szymanski

There's a sense of delicacy, and artfulness, in the tone and in the magic. The 10-year-olds who see this like to be scared, but they won't have nightmares days afterward.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/4

September 26, 2002
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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An amazing piece of work.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

September 16, 2002
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Has the mythic quality and the familiarity of great children's literature.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 20, 2002
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette

It races along with the speed of a bullet train, visiting weird, enchanted places the likes of which have never been seen before.

Full Review Source: Movie Gazette | Original Score: 10/10

October 28, 2003
Eric D. Snider

An animated film that is among the most delightful, imaginative stories I've seen all year.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A-

September 26, 2002
Clint Morris

A film not to miss.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

October 2, 2002
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

Spirited Away conjures up a beautiful, diverse, richly envisioned tale that constantly delights... even when it verges on the limits of coherence.

Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium | Original Score: B+

October 21, 2002
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