Castle in the Sky - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Castle in the Sky Reviews

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Top Critic
Caryn James
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Liable to strain the patience of adults and the attention spans of children.
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 20, 2014
If any film in [Studio Ghibli]'s filmography has inspired the works of Pixar, it's surely this one.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 30, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Bill Gibron
March 6, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
March 13, 2009
Exciting, all-ages anime airborne fantasy epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 21, 2008
It shows the master still learning, still discovering his pacing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Simply amazing.
Christopher Null
April 9, 2003
My favorite Miyazaki film
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Robert Pardi
TV Guide
September 3, 2008
Unusually detailed animation glides hand in hand with the film's aura of wonderment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 29, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 4, 2015
An unexpectedly thrilling adventure from Hayao Miyazaki...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 27, 2004
I especially liked the designs of giant floating flying machines that seem taken straight out of 1920s science fiction magazine illustrations . . .
Jurgen Fauth
October 8, 2003
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
April 21, 2003
Despite the nonstop action, some deeply meditative lessons lurk beneath.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Josh Larsen
June 9, 2014 buoyant as you'd expect from a movie largely set amidst the clouds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 14, 2012
One of Japanese writer-director Hayao Miyazaki's best films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Richard Harrington
Washington Post
March 7, 2002
Frequently astounding.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
March 7, 2002
Try to picture Terry Gilliam doing an animated Star Wars by way of Jules Verne.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
October 9, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
August 11, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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