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Mary and The Witch's Flower Reviews

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January 26, 2018
Mary and the Witch's Flower isn't trying to be anything big and sprawling, and it shouldn't have to be. What's missing isn't a bigger picture, it's one that's more consistent.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
May 8, 2018
There's nothing here we haven't seen done before -- and better.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
February 1, 2018
It's thrilling to have any semblance of Studio Ghibli back in our theaters and "Mary and the Witch's Flower" will momentarily satisfy that hunger, but will leave you wanting more.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 19, 2017
Sadly, this film struggles to escape the long shadow of Ghibli's past achievements, not least Kiki's Delivery Service - also about a young witch in training - as well as that of Harry Potter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 25, 2018
In the long run the film was disappointing -- because I just didn't care that much about Mary, the main character, and her hero's journey is strangely murky.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 18, 2018
With Mary and the Witch's Flower, [Studio Ponoc has] come both too close and not close enough, resulting in an adventure that can never climb out of the uncanny valley it digs for itself.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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January 17, 2018
The world is not so full of beauty that one can wave away Mary's visual majesty, especially now that its hand-drawn style is nearly a thing of the past. But the flaws in its writing are harder to overlook.
May 9, 2018
loved the attention to English period rural detail but the pace is sluggish, the story distinctly unmagical...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 18, 2018
As the story moves into familiar territory ... Mary and the Witch's Flower doesn't lose its sense of wonder ... What it does lose is its sense of discovery...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 19, 2018
While he's rightly seen as carrying the anime torch for the now-retired master, Yonebayashi lacks that certain something-the edge of offbeat experimentation, perhaps-that made Spirited Away and My Neighbour Totoro international hits.
February 13, 2019
Riotous fun and an affecting story, demonstrating that Studio Ponoc is bursting with creative potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 6, 2019
The most outstanding part of Mary and The Witch's Flower is the astonishing visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 17, 2019
Mary and the Witch's Flower is basically a greatest hits album of Studio Ghibli tropes and elements, but it's a very well-assembled one that proves if the formula ain't broke, why bother fixing it?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 7, 2018
On its own merits, the film is an enchanting diversion, but director Hiromasa Yonebayashi... spends too much time reminding us of Ghibli's greatest hits instead of attempting to craft his own masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 20, 2018
You can feel the love and passion that went into this project.
January 18, 2018
... a thrilling and enthralling film and I would recommend any Studio Ghibli fan to check it out.
October 11, 2017
What deserves much applause is how endearing Mary is, the stunning visuals and lush backgrounds that are painstakingly hand-painted, a Ghibli trademark.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 26, 2018
The sequences are staggering in beauty, but they lack whatever secret ingredient Miyazki and Takahata were able to capture. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 15, 2018
This is a film about the adolescent pangs to belong that also mines its tale of magic and malevolence for an imaginative allegory about the excesses of scientific inquiry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 10, 2018
...a wonderful children's film full of fun magic and breathtaking imagination...
Full Review | Original Score: 13/20
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