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The Secret World of Arrietty Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi explores a hidden ecosystem within our own ecosystem, defining the very fragility of nature at our doorstep.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

November 27, 2013
Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered

The Secret World of Arrietty is a return to the land of imagination that is so often the basis for these beautiful films, which continually show that animation can be so much more than just a cartoon.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 7/10

January 23, 2013
Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
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The fresh and simple story will win its share of young fans, though it lacks the disturbing adult elements might have attracted older audiences.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

January 7, 2013
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide's Movie Guide

With The Secret World of Arrietty, Yonebayashi proves himself to be not just a worthy successor to Miyazaki, but an accomplished visionary in his own right.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

January 7, 2013
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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[The film] pulses with feeling for childhood and nature and develops a surprising amount of suspense considering it takes place around a single suburban home.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 7, 2013
Jeff Beck

It's not quite on the level of some of the studio's other works, but [it's] still fascinating to watch for its beautiful animation, interesting characters, and the heartwarming relationship between Shawn and Arrietty.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/4

September 17, 2012
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Studio Ghibli's best film since Miyazaki's eco-fable masterpiece Spirited Away. Its story is impeccably paced, its look beautifully imagined, and its drama perfectly built-up. Bristles, underfoot, with some delightful feminism and environmentalism.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

May 10, 2012
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

There's a gentle movie from Japan that's going to seem familiar to a lot of fans of the series of books about 'The Borrowers.'

Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA) | Original Score: 3/4

April 21, 2012
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Like motion picture Yoga--quietly cathartic and just the thing to raise your kids on.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B+

April 16, 2012
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

As pretty as it is, this Secret World is too Earthbound by far.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 23, 2012
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

It certainly belongs in the second rank of Ghibli fantasies. But give it a chance.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

March 12, 2012
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

Most will be caught up in its beautiful spell, immersed in great storytelling at its finest.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 9, 2012
Josh Larsen

The soft-focus animation has an impressionistic quality, as if a gentle breeze had wafted across a Monet canvas.

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 4/4

March 4, 2012
Chris Barsanti

This smart, winsome fairy tale is not quite Hiyao Miyazaki, but it still might be the best animated film that (some few) will see all year.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 7/10

March 2, 2012
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Another Studio Ghibli wonder, as heartbreaking for its devotion to craft, artistry and intelligent storytelling (for viewers of all ages) as for its themes of inevitable exile and impossible love.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 2, 2012
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly

...yet another jewel in the crown of Studio Ghibli.

Full Review Source: New England Movies Weekly | Original Score: 4/5

February 25, 2012
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

...creates a sense of wide-eyed wonder and discovery as we experience the awe-inspiring mysteries of an ordinary house as seen from the four-inch borrower's point of view.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: A-

February 24, 2012
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

The animation, a gorgeous blend of bewitching watercolored backgrounds and poignantly rendered characters, is, as ever, beyond reproach.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 24, 2012
Nell Minow

What is most effective is the way the sense of peaceful shelter and retreat in the country setting contrasts with the precariousness of the situations faced by Shawn and Arrietty.

Full Review Source: Beliefnet | Original Score: B

February 24, 2012
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's hard to imagine this scenario playing out with more delicacy and care than animator-turned-director Yonebayashi Hiromasa brings to bear.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 8/10

February 23, 2012
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