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From Up On Poppy Hill Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 1, 2013
It's a minor work. There's no argument around that. Still, it's got a good heart, and likable characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Richard von Busack
MetroActive
April 1, 2013
As in so many Studio Ghibli films, the tension is between renovation and cherishing of tradition.The movie is staged during a beautifully chosen moment of transition-the months right before the Tokyo Olympiad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Glenn Lovell
CinemaDope
March 29, 2013
Like his old man, the younger Miyazaki favors limited character animation and luscious water colors. Unfortunately, he lacks his father's storytelling skills.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Cammila Collar
TV Guide
March 29, 2013
Rest assured, the younger Miyazaki has clearly earned his stars, as Poppy Hill offers just the same intimate, ultimately life-affirming kind of storytelling we've come to expect from the family name.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
March 29, 2013
This is a gentle film, hand-drawn with irresistible colors, that exudes nostalgia in a lovely way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 29, 2013
Although simpler and less mysterious than the great Hayao Miyazaki movies, the gently melancholic From Up on Poppy Hill is still a must see at a time when family entertainment is too often synonymous with blandness.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
March 28, 2013
[A] study of how the tolls of war reverberate through generations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Weekly
March 28, 2013
Poppy Hill is more a short story than a feature, almost unbelievably optimistic, but it offers a surprising, innocent window on an era usually associated with nuclear anxieties, cultural neuroses, and juvenile delinquents.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
March 28, 2013
Not the most enthralling Studio Ghibli animated feature, but the restrained story of a boy, a girl, and their beloved high school campus, circa 1963 in Yokohama, nevertheless creeps up on us emotionally in the best Ghibli fashion.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 28, 2013
Is there a Japanese word that combines "pretty," "demure" and "boring"?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
March 28, 2013
Both genuinely emotional and blithely engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
March 28, 2013
Sunny days, blue skies, and rippling blue waters lined with greenery...Plain nice, and there's nothing wrong with that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Manori Ravindran
National Post
March 28, 2013
The studio's stunning textures and vibrant details still give Poppy Hill that ethereal quality sure to mollify nostalgic Ghibli fans, but its strengths are fastidiously undone by a predictable and underwhelming plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
March 28, 2013
A full awareness that it's kind of a cheap melodrama (one of the characters even says so) doesn't change the fact that it is but the young Miyazaki's visual palette is notably beautiful and the voice work is strong throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5.0
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
March 28, 2013
The film maintains an optimistic tone without succumbing to nostalgia, and as always with Studio Ghibli, the company Miyazaki cofounded in the 80s, the hand-drawn animation is gorgeous.
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
March 28, 2013
From Up On Poppy Hill is at once old-fashioned and innovative, an exquisite evocation of Yokohama in 1963 that dares to treat teenagers with both gravity and grace.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 28, 2013
The film shows the younger Miyazaki going off in a new, slightly older-skewing direction while still firmly working in the gentle hand-drawn style with which the old man has been dazzling filmgoers for decades.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 28, 2013
Your kids may well fall in love with it, if you help them find it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 28, 2013
The artistry is peaceful and comforting to the eyes but not especially stirring. Given the pictorial extremes that Studio Ghibli has gone to in the past, "Up on Poppy Hill" is weak tea.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Pais
RedEye
March 28, 2013
Based on the jolly, jazzy score that keeps From Up on Poppy Hill lively, the latest from Studio Ghibli appears to have missed its calling as a Broadway musical.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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