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Howl's Moving Castle Reviews

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David Germain
Associated Press
November 19, 2013
A strange delight awash in visual splendor, understated humor and clever body-and-soul transmogrifications among its bonny band of weirdos.
Lee Marshall
Screen International
November 19, 2013
By turns funny, exhilarating and touching, it lacks only one thing: the spiritual and metaphysical depth that made Spirited Away such a haunting experience.
Sloan Freer
Radio Times
November 19, 2013
The incredible imagination of Spirited Away director Hayao Miyazaki runs wild once again in this delightful animated adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
November 18, 2013
A richly inventive and enchanting delight.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 6, 2010
A handsome fantasy movie with only a nod in the direction of the rich, all-encompassing humanity and emotionality of Miyazaki's greatest work.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Steve Biodrowski
February 5, 2009
Howl's Moving Castle is a perfect epitome of Miyazaki's work, in all its strengths and weaknesses: it's filled with heart-felt themes...but how these elements connect on a plot level is subjugated to how beautifully they are rendered on screen.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
October 18, 2008
A stunning example of a pure, disorienting dream logic that cinema provides all too rarely.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 7, 2008
Palaces and shimmering lakes, warplanes and fire sprites all come to life at the breath of Miyazaki's graphic genius.
September 7, 2008
Another work of great imagination and beauty from Hiyao Miyazaki.
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
October 26, 2007
The film gains a sense of visual wonder almost completely freed from the strains of a narrative-driven film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 10, 2007
few other films, or indeed filmmakers, would dare take a scene in which two elderly women struggle to climb a staircase and turn it into an extravagant and memorable set piece.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
October 30, 2006
Another example of how this film maven easily holds the crown in the sadly ever-shrinking traditional animation genre.
| Original Score: 3/4
Russ Breimeier
Christianity Today
September 25, 2006
A delightfully fanciful movie with engaging storytelling, visual wonders, and such worthwhile themes as contrasting wisdom and perspective with age.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ben Walters
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The risibly cloying closing scenes are likely to nix any remaining goodwill, blotting out such delicate early touches as a stroll through the air far above a town square.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
Miyazaki's stunning animation and characteristically vivid colors make the film a visual feast...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
March 7, 2006
Miyazaki has done better, and his epic style might get the best of him in this film a bit. Still, it is nonetheless a journey worth taking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
February 16, 2006
If it weren't for "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit," "Howl's Moving Castle" would be your winner for this year's Academy Award for Best Animated Picture.
| Original Score: A-
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
February 12, 2006
As a lover of Fantasy and Sci-Fi books and movies, this cartoon appealed me to with its detailed plot and unique world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philippa Hawker
Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006
Miyazaki has an appeal that crosses generations. Adult audiences are drawn to the depth and variety of his vision, but so are kids, and for exactly the same reasons.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 9, 2005
There is giggling, belly-laughing, and gasping to be done watching Howl's Moving Castle.
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