Like its characters, the film's horizons expand further as it progresses, creating an all-encompassing portrait of childhood dreams & the sacrifices we make to commit to them.
| Original Score: A
This urban film cuts deep into an aspiring artist's innermost doubts. It's also about what Kondō knew well: apprenticeship, patient dedication to craft and nurturing friendship with other artists.
Perhaps the most unadulterated coming-of-age story in Ghibli's canon... a film of truly excellent observation.
| Original Score: 8/10
Will translate more towards girls than boys in the long run...
Shame how John Denver appears at regular intervals to remind us of how peculiar a beast cultural diffusion can be.
| Original Score: 3/4
Sweet and well-observed, Whisper is about self-discovery and little else
| Original Score: 3.5/4
| Original Score: 3/5
Will easily capture the hearts of those who are both romantics and animation buffs
Instead of attempting to show us a fantasy world with their animation, the filmmakers use their medium to accentuate the small details in this one.
| Original Score: 4/4
I just didn't connect with the characters as I could have