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A Letter to Momo Reviews

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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 5, 2014
A sweet, heartfelt, yet never maudlin story about an 11-year-old girl's coming to terms with the loss of her father.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Thomas Lee
San Francisco Chronicle
September 4, 2014
It's difficult to imagine any children's movie retaining the attention of its intended audience for two hours, but this movie feels especially monotonous.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
September 4, 2014
Despite the hand-drawn film's supernatural edge, one of Okiura's lyrical strengths is acquainting a viewer with the poetry of the real - animated reflections of ordinary, beautiful things we see in everyday life without actually noticing them at all.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
August 28, 2014
A sweet tale of a sad girl who moves to a new place and meets supernatural pals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 28, 2014
A striking example of Japanese hand-drawn animation, it casually combines things you wouldn't expect in one place.
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
August 28, 2014
Had Okiura cut some of the supernatural shtick he would have had a far more affecting and mercifully shorter movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
August 28, 2014
After the fashion of Miyazaki's films, the visual style achieves a satisfying balance between realistic detail and painterly flourishes, and the laid-back pacing allows one to savor both.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 28, 2014
"A Letter to Momo" is unquestionably lovely to look at, but viewers may not be able to shake the feeling that they've seen much of it before, and done better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kristin Tillotson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 28, 2014
Scene after gorgeously hand-drawn scene offer a visual feast, but two hours of it is a bit too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly
August 11, 2014
Thankfully, the supernatural elements never overshadow the human story occurring in the foreground.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 23, 2014
A comic adventure that suffers from a dearth of both laughs and thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Sherilyn Connelly
Village Voice
July 23, 2014
The tone is generally light, the bickering goblins make a boffo comedy team, and while there's a recurring fart joke, it borders on classy. That's the power of good anime.
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Brian Tallerico
RogerEbert.com
July 23, 2014
A beautifully connected film on a spiritual level. Overall, Okiura stays very focused on Momo's emotional journey, which is smart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
July 22, 2014
As Momo conquers her fears, averts a tragedy and finally sees the beauty of her surroundings, the movie grabs your heart with the softest of hands.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
October 29, 2013
While the supernatural element makes for the film's most entertaining sequences... the story distinguishes itself from other anime offerings through its attention to both visual and emotional realism.