Castle in the Sky


Castle in the Sky (1989)



Critic Consensus: With a storytelling palette as rich and brilliant as its animation, Castle in the Sky thrillingly encapsulates Studio Ghibli's unique strengths.


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A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.


Critic Reviews for Castle in the Sky

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (2)

Liable to strain the patience of adults and the attention spans of children.

Aug 30, 2004

Frequently astounding.

Mar 7, 2002 | Full Review…

A story of adventures, with brushstrokes of classic fables and elements of steampunk science fiction. [Full review in Spanish]

Oct 20, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

An unexpectedly thrilling adventure from Hayao Miyazaki...

Aug 4, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review… buoyant as you'd expect from a movie largely set amidst the clouds.

Jun 9, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

If any film in [Studio Ghibli]'s filmography has inspired the works of Pixar, it's surely this one.

Feb 20, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Castle in the Sky


Miyazaki is a versatile artist who can make just as many thought-provoking stories as lighter ones. This one ranks among the latter, a very delightful animation that has its share of sillier moments but makes up for them with a lot of fun and adventure.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

The best action-oriented Miyazaki film and the first to be produced under the legendary Studio Ghibli. The animation is incredibly-detailed and the action is some of the most exhilarating ever put into an animated feature. The steampunk world the character's occupy is incredibly imaginative and fascinating. Combined with a great story along with fun characters, and this delightful treat for all ages is easily one of Miyazaki's best efforts.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

"Castle in the Sky" is considered to be the first ever film released from this filmmaker (Hayao Miyazaki) and to be perfectly honest, it's a sheer masterpiece in storytelling and in it's visuals. There were portions that actually made me tear up, just listening to the music along with the scenery, which was brilliant beyond belief. The American voice acting fits very well into the Dubbed version and the overall atmosphere is just so loveable. Many films have definitely been influenced by this, and I would be shocked if they denied that, because the filmmaking (mostly in post) is breathtaking. I have absolutely no complaints about this film whatsoever. It is funny, well written, well directed, and beautifully animated. With no flaws in sight, this film is incredible!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

this is a wonderfully inventive film with very good characters and interesting applications for the sacrifices made in the end. the film has some surprises, and many of the things left unsaid were left that way with reasoned intentionality. a great film worth multiple viewings.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer

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