Mary and The Witch's Flower Reviews

January 20, 2018
The animators invoke worlds upon worlds in Mary and the Witch's Flower.
January 19, 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.
Top Critic
January 18, 2018
It shows tremendous promise, even if the movie exists so obviously at the mercy of its influences, and Yonebayashi at his.
January 18, 2018
A gentle, sweet story, told with painterly artistry.
January 18, 2018
What Mary and the Witch's Flower lacks in dimensionality, it makes up for in wonderment.
January 18, 2018
The spell Mr. Yonebayashi casts is effective, but also ephemeral. It's minor magic.
January 17, 2018
A gently refreshing change from the hectic plasticity that now dominates Hollywood computer animation, and even from most other anime.
Top Critic
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.
January 16, 2018
And I'll admit that by that point, despite whatever creaks and lags had preceded it, I felt a compulsive urge to see it through and follow Mary and her little barking broomstick wherever they went.
December 8, 2017
Yonebayashi's unwavering faith in the clear values and direct narrative structures of a good storybook energize his rousing entertainment with sweep and drive.