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My Neighbor Totoro Reviews

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September 5, 2017
A beautifully observed study of childhood that's unmissable, whatever your age.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 24, 2017
It is as much a portrait of a time and place as it is the story of two sisters. Mei and Satsuki, like real kids, are sometimes infuriating, stubborn, and then in the next moment lovable.
August 16, 2015
A typically erratic effort from Hayao Miyazaki...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 8, 2014
Despite these limits, My Neighbor Totoro is a gentle and affirming film.
December 8, 2014
Miyazaki's appreciation of miraculous possibilities and childhood visions is what drives Totoro.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 8, 2014
Sheer enchantment.
December 8, 2014
One of the finest family films ever made.
October 2, 2014
...a clarion call for the legitimacy of imagination - not only in stories, but in the real world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 20, 2014
A film that crosses generations and cultural barriers: watching it, it's hard not to feel like a kid again.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
May 24, 2013
A beautifully observed film that has become a guaranteed charmer for all ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 24, 2013
Not as complex or tense as Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki's masterpiece, released 13 years later). Still, few things are.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 23, 2013
Despite the cuteness, there's little in the way of icky sentiment - indeed the spectre of death hangs over the story - but it's a captivating world you won't want to come home from.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
May 23, 2013
The world the characters inhabit is less expressionist than impressionist, blessed with a delicate evocation of natural light and color that subtly incorporates Miyazaki's environmentalism.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 23, 2013
Perfect. Simple as.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 20, 2013
An otherworldly tale of childhood and a definitive work of imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 6, 2013
With the finest rhythm of any Ghibli film, this masterwork gently see-saws the faint aches of youth with utter trust in the wonder of a nature-inspired imagination. In lulling, Ozu-like moments, the landscape twinkles in its beauty, like the film itself.
February 4, 2013
As a hangout movie for kids, My Neighbor Totoro pleases with its easygoing pace, curiosity about the natural world, and sweet spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 30, 2010
One of the best animated films ever made for families: it celebrates feminine sensitivity, the importance of the spirit world, respect for nature, and the pre-eminence of the spiritual practice of kindness.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 25, 2010
While the fantasy and whimsy captures the playful imagination of children, a powerful undercurrent of emotional crisis grounds their experience...
March 17, 2010
A soft, approachable film, about simple, peaceful emotions and characters. That may sound unambitious, but it is the most ambitious thing of all.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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