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Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka) Reviews

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October 3, 2003
[Evokes] the experiences of childhood grief, small moments of ordinary life and happiness amid tragedy and fear, and the overwhelming confusion of adult responsibilities falling on teenaged shoulders as powerfully as in any film I've seen.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 24, 2003
Ultimately, the picture's respect for Seito and Setsuko's ability to fend for themselves results in a far more powerful piece of cinema than if they'd been portrayed as the typical scared kid.
Full Review | Original Score: 97/100
August 10, 2003
The Most Human Cartoon You'll Ever See. Grave of the Fireflies can be grueling - but infinitely more rewarding.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 17, 2003
Ranks among the greatest of anime.
| Original Score: 5/5
December 3, 2002
I doubt this story could have been as successful as a straight drama. The spirits of Seita and Setsuko cannot really be filmed except as animated figures.
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
October 18, 2002
What can you say about an animated movie that brings despair and continually makes your eyes well up with tears?
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 22, 2002
haunting...devastating
| Original Score: 3.5/5
July 14, 2002
Writer-director Isao Takahata, a frequent collaborator of Miyazaki's at Studio Ghibli, adapted a partly autobiographical novel by Akiyuki Nosaka, and his handling of the tragic story is masterfully understated.
January 1, 2000
An emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 23, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 12, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 25, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
November 26, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
October 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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