Mary and The Witch's Flower Reviews

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May 11, 2018
Gorgeously detailed pastel interiors, watercolour landscapes and imaginative grotesquery make for suitably magical spectacle. As transporting as any witch's broomstick.
May 7, 2018
It may lack the originality of the best Miyazaki films, but with its heart-swelling score and exquisitely realised worlds, this is a must for Ghibli fans.
May 5, 2018
This art-form has long been thought to have reached its twilight years, but Yonebayashi's film brims over with the bounce and spark of childhood.
May 4, 2018
Harry Potter meets Spirited Away in this richly inventive Japanese animation about an English girl.
May 3, 2018
Kate Winslet and Jim Broadbent fill out the impressive voice cast but it's the fantastical visuals that'll wow you - try to picture Hogwarts meets The Yellow Submarine. The hand-drawn imagination is truly eye-popping.
May 3, 2018
It is another example of that remarkable way in which Japanese animation is reviving the memory of classic English children's literature from the 1960s and 70s - otherwise forgotten in its native land.
May 2, 2018
As in all the best Studio Ghibli films that inspired it, the film also offers a sensitive and nuanced portrayal of its troubled young protagonist as she learns how to transcend her own insecurities.
May 2, 2018
Still working the Miyazaki playbook, if not quite with the maestro's level of expertise.
April 30, 2018
Yonebayashi pays perfect tribute to Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli with this bewitching and visually dazzling adventure. Studio Ponoc is off to a flying start.
February 15, 2018
Most importantly, it has the same kind of charm and wonder, and the same simple message that being yourself is the best thing to be.
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 20, 2018
The animators invoke worlds upon worlds in Mary and the Witch's Flower.
January 19, 2018
The story is full of surprises and twists. It's also a sound reminder that this world includes some things that can never be harnessed.
January 19, 2018
Compared with most so-called family entertainment, Mary and the Witch's Flower deserves to be ranked high.
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 19, 2018
The setting and premise allow Studio Ponoc to show what it can do.
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.
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