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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
May 25, 2014
A rather mediocre film...And yet, even with all of its faults, I still find myself oddly swept up in its familial drama.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
January 2, 2014
If this Ghibli creation is smaller in scale than many of the company's films, it certainly doesn't lack for heart or soul. I was swept away in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 17, 2013
There are no real villains in this story. All the people are basically good and they try to do the right thing. The artwork is beautiful and the film also has considerable emotional power.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jason Best
Movie Talk
September 23, 2013
The story will undoubtedly appear slow moving and uneventful to those used to the pizzazz of Pixar, but allow the richly detailed hand-drawn animation to work its charms and the film's mood of gentle nostalgia proves surprisingly moving.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 5, 2013
A lovely Japanese hand-drawn animated film with a female heroine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
September 3, 2013
It's really hard to go wrong with a Studio Ghibli film, and From Up on Poppy Hill is no exception. It may not be their very best work, but it's still good work, full of charm and fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Larsen
August 22, 2013
The magic is found in the everyday details of domestic life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip French
Observer (UK)
August 4, 2013
It's a lively, touching story, full of sadness and optimism, drawn with an unaffected simplicity.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
August 2, 2013
An interesting way of tackling everything from understanding parentage to the atomic bomb which devastated Nagasaki.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 2, 2013
From Up On Poppy Hill finds Goro Miyazaki sitting much more comfortably in the director's chair, but fans of Studio Ghibli's fantasy epics may find this fanciful delight to be lacking the familiar magic.
Tara Brady
Irish Times
August 2, 2013
Beautifully precise architectural sketches, endearingly warm nostalgia, gentle teen romance and genuine intrigue.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Mike McCahill
August 1, 2013
It ... arrives with the vast reserves of patience, optimism and artistry we've come to expect from this studio.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 1, 2013
The incest-scare subplot never trips up the movie's charm. And there's a haunting reverberance, very Hayao Miyazaki, to the war memories that empower the parental back-stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
August 1, 2013
Not up there with the Ghibli masterworks of yore, but still a bounty of ideas and emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
August 1, 2013
You don't watch a Studio Ghibli film so much as sink into it like a hot spring, with groans of delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 1, 2013
Joyously warm and gentle... though perhaps too gentle to be entirely satisfying.
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Catherine Bray
Time Out
July 30, 2013
The gorgeous score and subtle visual craft save this entry in the Ghibli canon from mediocrity. But given what the studio is capable of, it's not everything fans will be hoping for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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