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Ponyo Reviews

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April 21, 2014
Not as profound as Miyazaki's other works, but the fact that an animated children's film actually has the brains to go for larger, resonant themes is worth congratulation.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 6, 2013
Miyazaki's ode to motherhood; the sea is the greatest nurturer of all. The underwater sequences are some of Ghibli's most luminous, complex reflections of nature's teeming beauty.
July 22, 2012
The fantasy elements are so seamlessly blended with real elements. There is very little disbelief by the characters, and you want to believe yourself by the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 17, 2012
Apart from the ecofriendly message, we have, as always, Miyazaki's magnificently inventive animation, which is almost enough to carry the day.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 14, 2011
There's still plenty of gorgeous eye-candy to keep adults going if they've taken their kids along for some unthreatening entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 4, 2011
Let's say you have a five-year-old child who's not all caught up in the details of boring, mundane reality. Here's that kid's new favorite movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 29, 2010
For once, Japan's animation maestro is all at sea.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
July 6, 2010
Even when the film feels murky, Miyazaki's painterly eye keeps things afloat
July 6, 2010
A sweet love story about a boy and his fish, Ponyo is a weird yet wonderful children's fantasy, and marks another milestone in the career of Hayao Miyazaki.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 6, 2010
A charming hand-drawn Japanese spin on Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid.
July 4, 2010
His antediluvian underwater creatures are gorgeous, a world removed from Finding Nemo, his sweeping tides and smashing tsunamis are a patchwork of colour and technique.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 15, 2010
That rare children's movie that actually taps into the unique imaginative power of a child's mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.1/10
April 15, 2010
Though far from Studio Ghibli's best film, Ponyo is still a magical experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 13, 2010
Significantly, Miyazaki creates realistic, valid and memorably attractive characters, such as the heroic-vulnerable-patient-nurturing-tough mother, Tina Fey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 25, 2010
... this gentle storybook film is a simple, sweet tale animated with a delicacy unique to animated features.
March 19, 2010
While the animation in Ponyo is simplistic, even crude by many people's standards, there is no denying the film's dazzling color palette, masterful attention to detail and dizzying imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
March 18, 2010
Shouldn't an anime' auteur of Hayao Miyazaki's stature avoid a story about a sea creature interacting with a human child? Isn't that "Finding Nemo?"
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 16, 2010
Beautiful and thoughtful, Miyazaki once again shows he's a master of taking the magical and making it endearing.
March 12, 2010
Doesn't commit itself to mining our deeper feelings, and as such it feels much more geared to younger viewers; but with that comes dazzling displays of drawn and painted visuals, full of color, life.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
February 16, 2010
Though Ponyo contains images so haunting that it's hard to dismiss altogether, this is one of Miyazaki's feeblest efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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