Mary and The Witch's Flower Reviews

May 9, 2018
loved the attention to English period rural detail but the pace is sluggish, the story distinctly unmagical...
May 8, 2018
There's nothing here we haven't seen done before -- and better.
February 2, 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.
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.
January 26, 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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.