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

Hotaru no haka (Grave of the Fireflies) Reviews

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
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+
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
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
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
May 27, 2013
The stylised images suit the simplicity and gravity of a grim story of love, sacrifice and survival in the face of adult indifference and cruelty.
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
May 24, 2013
We're so used to seeing the human spirit triumph. Here, we're allowed to understand how it might fail.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Steve Rose
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
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
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
Jamie Russell
Total Film
May 14, 2013
Isao Takahata's powerful anti-war movie is all the more harrowing for the care we invest in its beautifully drawn children.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Japanimation WWII tragedy the saddest. Cartoon. Ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Freda Freiberg
Senses of Cinema
July 30, 2010
The ephemeral fireflies, which fascinate the children and accompany them everywhere, become a potent and lyrical symbol of the fragility, brevity and beauty of life.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
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
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
The wonderful lasting mark of a true artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Pardi
TV Guide
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
September 3, 2008
Even though it's not exactly easy to watch the protracted deaths of two children, this is not only one of the greatest anime ever, but also an important (anti-) war film. A moving masterpiece.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 30, 2007
Very simply the gentlest and most touching war-related film I've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
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
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
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.
| Original Score: A
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
March 12, 2004
Incredibly moving. The ultimate tear-jerker.
| Original Score: 5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 28, 2004
A very moving, but depressing movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jurgen Fauth
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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