The Secret World of Arrietty Reviews

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Devon Ashby
CraveOnline
December 8, 2014
Arrietty combines the bold, mature qualities of prior Ghibli fantasy outings like Spirited Away and Nausicaa with the droll humor of My Neighbor Totoro, resulting in a movie that is simultaneously thrilling and whimsically adorable.
Adam Rayner
What Culture
December 8, 2014
While Arrietty lacks the originality and imagination of many in the Studio Ghibli catalogue, it has the heart, warmth and beauty of its predecessors and is certain to leave you feeling moved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Elliott
San Diego Reader
December 8, 2014
It's very pretty (plus a song that is like a gumdrop melting in your ear). Girls may enjoy the sweet, rather wistful story more than most boys.
Vince Horiuchi
Salt Lake Tribune
December 8, 2014
The Secret World of Arrietty is a magical and heartwarming story for older kids and adults. It's a secret world you will fall in love with.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
December 8, 2014
Arrietty is brave and bright, exactly the sort of strange and wonderful being who might change someone's life forever.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Matt Prigge
Philadelphia Weekly
December 8, 2014
It's the kind of children's film that's easy to overrate, simply for not treating the younger contingent of its audience like ADD-addled freaks, but far easier to enjoy as the handiwork of a relaxed master filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman
December 8, 2014
What is so bewitching about the mostly static backgrounds in Arrietty is that they can be oxygenated at will by the smallest instance of judiciously placed movement, such as a single fluttering ladybird or a pair of jaunty butterflies in the foreground.
Jeremy Knox
Film Threat
December 8, 2014
This is truly a film for both parents and children. I really can't find anything wrong with it. Not one thing. It's a beautiful and poignant experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 8, 2014
Yonebayashi's crowning achievement: tapping into profundity only adults can appreciate while sweeping children away -- and not just aesthetically -- during the same moments.
Hannah Ongley
Concrete Playground
December 8, 2014
Arrietty might not possess the sheer whimsicality of previous Ghibli endeavours... but it is the simple things... that will make all that inevitable gushing praise from loyal Ghibli fans entirely justified.
Eric Eisenberg
CinemaBlend.com
December 8, 2014
The Secret World of Arrietty is a nice piece of kiddy fluff, but it's a beautiful, well-told piece of kiddy fluff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Todd Hertz
Christianity Today
December 8, 2014
The Secret World of Arrietty is a celebration of the vibrant life surging all around us -- a declaration of the countless stories being told all at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Roark
Paste Magazine
December 8, 2014
Slow, calm and quiet with beautifully detailed imagery, the Japanese fantasy may not be the greatest achievement of Studio Ghibli... but it's a real charmer with a big imagination -- the sort of film children need to grow up on.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.2/10
Melissa Wellham
Trespass
December 8, 2014
If you have a young person in your life, make sure you take them to see this film; Arrietty has more style and substance than the majority of children's films out there. It's a film about little people, but it has a lot of heart.
Kate Muir
Times [UK]
December 8, 2014
Arrietty is a fresh take on Mary Norton's classic The Borrowers, with animated artwork that will have adults enchanted and children gripped.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Knight
National Post
December 8, 2014
A beautiful and plangent piece of work that never loses sight of its tiny characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
May 25, 2014
There are undeniable signs of this being a first-feature from an "unproven" director, but there's also a confidence in Yonebayashi that elevates the material a great deal.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
November 27, 2013
Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi explores a hidden ecosystem within our own ecosystem, defining the very fragility of nature at our doorstep.
Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered
January 23, 2013
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 | Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
January 7, 2013
The fresh and simple story will win its share of young fans, though it lacks the disturbing adult elements might have attracted older audiences.
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