Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka) Reviews

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November 26, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
February 20, 2014
Isao Takahata's masterpiece is one of the most profound anti-war statements ever brought to cinema
Full Review | Original Score: A+
January 1, 2000
An emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 5, 2010
Quivers with every kind of wracking emotion: rage, sorrow, despair, fatigue, and in the end, a tiny measure of hope that perhaps there's something better than this in the next world.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
July 11, 2013
Such odd hopefulness, flitting around a child, mixed with the overwhelmingly sad, pervades Isao Takahata's film. And all around Seita and Setsuko, nature, in the face of human destruction and tragedy, persists in its beauty.
December 15, 2010
Japanimation WWII tragedy the saddest. Cartoon. Ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 17, 2003
Ranks among the greatest of anime.
| Original Score: 5/5
April 30, 2007
Very simply the gentlest and most touching war-related film I've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 29, 2009
The wonderful lasting mark of a true artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 22, 2002
haunting...devastating
| Original Score: 3.5/5
May 23, 2013
There are magical moments of natural beauty and childish delight, too - which only make the tragedy even more harrowing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 23, 2013
The idea that "War is Hell" has almost become something of a climatic cliché, but Takahata's film explores this well-worn slogan from new, exciting and harrowing angles.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 3, 2008
Takahata's alternately sweeping and intimate animated feature is a moving depiction of the fates of cast-off children who become casualties of war.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 9, 2006
Um retrato sem concessões do horror da guerra e de suas conseqüências não apenas sobre a sociedade, mas sobre indivíduos comuns. Emocionalmente devastador.
| Original Score: 5/5
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
January 15, 2005
... a beautiful lament and a moving tribute to the people we rarely consider when we think about World War 2: those Japanese who suffered for the crimes of their leaders.
Read More | Original Score: A
November 30, 2013
...a well-made and heartfelt drama that's just not as engrossing as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 25, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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
October 15, 2003
One of the most devastating anti-war films ever made, animated or otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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