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From Up On Poppy Hill Reviews

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Eddie Harrison
The List
July 29, 2013
The sincerity and sentiment of this film are there to be basked in. Yet audiences outside Japan may find the subject too serious and yet too slight; there's a reason why films about potential incest aren't often as cute as this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Owen Williams
Empire Magazine
July 28, 2013
Not on a par with Ghibli's greatest work like Totoro or Spirited Away but not without charms of its own. A solid second effort from Miyazaki Junior.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
July 25, 2013
From the studio that brought us classics like Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle, this animated drama feels unusually low-key and realistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
July 18, 2013
Goro's expressive artistry is fleet, fluent and tenderly affecting. With a worthy story, he might breathe the old man's rarefied air yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
July 11, 2013
Ghibli's latest is its most local and historical, like a gorgeous-looking manuscript plucked from a town's archives. A school-film about personal space and preserving place in a Japan on the cusp of a new era. But it'll lack spark for any non-Ghibli fan.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 18, 2013
The film refuses to apologize for honor, decency, politeness and modesty; it celebrates stoicism, not self-indulgence; it assumes that these finer qualities are the norm, not the exception.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 10, 2013
A departure for Studio Ghibli - an emotionally nuanced, nostalgic look at the past that is grounded in everyday reality but retains the humor and delight that are part of the studio's trademark.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 3, 2013
There's definitely enough here to provide a quick fix for older Studio Ghibli fans, though children will probably be bored.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 2, 2013
The charming and nostalgic "From Up on Poppy Hill" is as lushly illustrated and vividly realized as memory itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
April 26, 2013
A sweet but rather bland coming-of-age story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 22, 2013
"Poppy Hill" proves to be more than just a visual feast. Its seemingly slight storyline has a warm emotional resonance, tapping into both the uncertainty of a Japan caught between past and future.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
April 19, 2013
From Up on Poppy Hill, Studio Ghibli's latest, is decidedly earthbound in comparison to those transportive earlier films, though it's not without its charms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 18, 2013
Goro Miyazaki has a style that's both more painterly and more cinematic than the cartoonish norm, while his father's screenplay is a classic coming-of-age story that seems suited for a live-action remake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Cabin
Film Racket
April 14, 2013
What limits From Up on Poppy Hill is its seeming whitewashing of some tough subjects, including the unseen consequences of war and the role of women in post-war Japan.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 12, 2013
In the wisdom of this artfully rendered film, Umi and Shun - and the viewer - come to learn that the past and the future should go hand in hand, that the best way to move forward is to reflect, and respect, what came before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matthew Razak
Flixist.com
April 8, 2013
A wonderfully gorgeous and nostalgic film whose story doesn't live up to its look.
Full Review | Original Score: 69/100
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 5, 2013
The story of a girl grappling with first love, the absence of her parents and the anxieties of an on-rushing future in 1963 Yokohama has all the earmarks of a Miyazaki classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
April 5, 2013
It's strange to see so much focus on the details of the backgrounds, which are exquisitely rendered, when there is so little attention to the expressiveness of the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 4, 2013
The film's perfectly fine, but it's not a patch on "Spirited Away," "My Neighbor Totoro," "Princess Mononoke," and other Studio Ghibli classics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
April 4, 2013
The animation is pretty and clean, reminiscent of other Studio Ghibli films like "Whisper of the Heart," but never achieves wondrous artistry.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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