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Castle in the Sky Reviews

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Caryn James
New York Times
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Liable to strain the patience of adults and the attention spans of children.

Full Review Source: New York Times

August 30, 2004
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

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

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: A

February 20, 2014
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

October 30, 2005
Bill Gibron

Castle in the Sky is an...uplifting experience. It's the perfect place to view where Miyazaki has been and where he intends to go.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 6, 2010
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Exciting, all-ages anime airborne fantasy epic.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

March 13, 2009
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It shows the master still learning, still discovering his pacing.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

April 21, 2008
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Simply amazing.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 29, 2009
Christopher Null

My favorite Miyazaki film

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4.5/5

April 9, 2003
Robert Pardi
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Unusually detailed animation glides hand in hand with the film's aura of wonderment.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 3, 2008
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A Star Wars-like animated feature about a legendary city behind the clouds and the many secrets it holds about nature, robots, light, and magic.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

March 29, 2010
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page

I especially liked the designs of giant floating flying machines that seem taken straight out of 1920s science fiction magazine illustrations . . .

Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page

January 27, 2004
Jurgen Fauth

Some of the action verges on the cartoonish, but Miyazaki's extraordinary realism in dealing with his characters is already evident in this fun adventure story.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

October 8, 2003
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal

Despite the nonstop action, some deeply meditative lessons lurk beneath.

Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal | Original Score: A+

April 21, 2003
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

One of Japanese writer-director Hayao Miyazaki's best films.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 14, 2012
Richard Harrington
Washington Post
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Frequently astounding.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 7, 2002
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Try to picture Terry Gilliam doing an animated Star Wars by way of Jules Verne.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 7, 2002
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Interesting for the Miyazaki scholar for sure but still feeling its way in terms of the connectivity and brilliance of Miyazaki's later plots.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 3/4

October 9, 2002
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 3/5

August 11, 2005


Miyazaki's flying contraptions are a sight to behold, rivaled only by the film's epic sweep and nonstop parade of action set-pieces.

Full Review Source: Film4

September 3, 2008
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