From Up On Poppy Hill - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

From Up On Poppy Hill Reviews

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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
July 31, 2013
From Up on Poppy Hill's protagonists emerge as unexpectedly facetless, especially from a studio with such a vibrant and morally complex back catalogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 11, 2013
The story arc is somewhat facile, and its lesson about preserving history instead of demolishing it to make way for new, shiny things is too obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 16, 2013
Soft, warm animation and resonant reflections on death, moving on and growing up can't fully overcome slighter plot points and erratic music choices.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
September 7, 2013
From Up on Poppy Hill may be able to boast about its outstanding music and smooth animation, but it's far too flat to leave much of an impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
August 12, 2013
A gently lyrical diversion for Ghibli die-hards ... a gentle snooze for others.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 26, 2013
A sweet but rather bland coming-of-age story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
March 21, 2013
A film about many things-so many that the magic of Studio Ghibli's past has been displaced by exposition and earnest discussion.
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
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
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
March 22, 2012
Miyazaki, yes, but Goro and not Hayao
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 28, 2013
Is there a Japanese word that combines "pretty," "demure" and "boring"?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 17, 2017
The atmosphere is so potent, so rich and distinct that it overshadows the meagerness of the story which is really little more than a kitschy soap opera.
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+
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
March 12, 2013
Some third-act revelations may really test the scales of plausibility, but Poppy Hill ultimately is not about its story as much as the emotional states it probes.
March 15, 2013
It's the sort of movie that can prompt daydreams about inhabiting its world of flowers and hills, passing ships and harbor lights, where there's no Internet and romance happens face to face.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 2, 2013
Beautifully precise architectural sketches, endearingly warm nostalgia, gentle teen romance and genuine intrigue.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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