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

Hotaru no haka (Grave of the Fireflies) Reviews

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Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
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
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
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
Brian Mckay
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
January 17, 2003
Ranks among the greatest of anime.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide
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
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
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
Christopher Null
August 22, 2002
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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.
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
An emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

Empire Magazine
May 23, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
August 12, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
August 25, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
November 26, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
October 29, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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