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Kiki's Delivery Service Reviews

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Steve Rose
May 26, 2016
The film becomes a benign guided tour of femininity ... gently broaching universal coming-of-age issues such as independence, insecurity, and even - more boldly than any Western children's movie would contemplate - sexuality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
May 24, 2016
Miyazaki's giddy, glorious seaside story about a budding young witch and her sarcastic cat.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 4, 2015
The film's status as a top-tier animated endeavor is baffling, to say the least, and it's ultimately difficult not to wonder what its ardent followers have embraced so passionately over the years.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Josh Larsen
June 28, 2014
...a visual swoon over the delights of flight.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 20, 2014
[Miyazaki] revitalizes conventional tropes, using elegant imagery to say something substantial about growing up, and he even subverts gender stereotypes along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Tom Folley
Radio Times
November 27, 2013
An endearing fantasy adventure from Japanese master-animator Hayao Miyazaki is given a quality Disney makeover in its English-language version.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew Osmond
Empire Magazine
November 26, 2012
A terrific alternative to the diabetic's nightmare that is most of Disney's output, Kiki's Delivery Service takes pride of place in Miyazaki's exceptional body of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 26, 2012
The characters are gently and warmly rendered, and a climactic action sequence involving an unmoored dirigible hints at the stately grandiosity of Miyazaki's masterpiece Howl's Moving Castle.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 29, 2010
A wonderful and enchanting animated film about a 13-year-old girl's initiation into adulthood through her adventures in a strange city.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sean Axmaker
March 25, 2010
The magic of Kiki is the girl's sense of wonder in her new world, whether it's her soaring flight among the migrating geese or a bicycle ride... to see the dirigible.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 20, 2010
A fine, sincere piece of bittersweet delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
March 16, 2010
An excellent alternative to much of the frenetic, princess-driven fare that seems to dominate the genre.
Bill Gibron
March 6, 2010
Miyazaki has found here the perfect balance between allegory and the actual.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ken Eisner
August 10, 2009
Top-drawer kiddie fare for both fans of the exotic and mainstream family auds.

TV Guide
August 31, 2008
The animation is particularly fluid, especially in the scenes where Kiki flies over the city and along its streets.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

August 31, 2008
One of the sweetest, most enticing animated features ever made, Kiki's Delivery Service's enchanting story and emotional core offer a perfect starting place for anyone keen to explore Hayao Miyazaki's back catalogue.
Staci Layne Wilson
January 28, 2005
Adorable. I loved it.
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 29, 2004
One of Miyazaki's most personable protagonists, a delightful cast of supporting characters, and a rambling, episodic story full of charming incident and irresistible imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 12, 2004
The gentlest and most sweet-tempered Miyazaki film I've seen -- yet it's not without the strange undercurrent of something slightly sinister that exists in all his works.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jurgen Fauth
October 8, 2003
Miyazaki's suffusing kindness makes Kiki's adventures winning without being overly scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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