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Ponyo Reviews

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 16, 2010
While it continually stimulates our imagination, it's a little too odd to really resonate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

Daily Record (UK)
February 16, 2010
Perfect family entertainment with a subtle environmental message.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick De Semlyen
Empire Magazine
February 16, 2010
Miyazaki's back, and still a force of nature. A weird, wonderful aquatic romp, Ponyo is also a meditation on the state of this blue planet. Catch it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
February 16, 2010
We're drawn under the waves of the sea to a hidden enclave of neon-hued aqualife more vibrant, surreal and enchanting than any of the floating 3D whatsits in 'Avatar'.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
February 16, 2010
A fantastic looking, inventive and well-acted children's film, but a children's film nonetheless - and that's all it was ever intended to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Edward Porter
Times (UK)
February 16, 2010
As usual, Miyazaki treads a thin line between intuitive, unshackled fantasy and simply seeming to makes things up as he goes along, but there is never a dull moment in the film's imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
February 16, 2010
An arresting work from an unmistakable film-making personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
February 16, 2010
A simple tale, less freighted by foreboding than Miyazaki's recent output. In any case, storytelling is less important to him than mood or texture. His films are dream waltzes, all liquid motion and mysterious turbulences.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
February 16, 2010
Ponyo is The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo and Fantasia, all wrapped up in one fin-tastic movie, and guaranteed to hold the attention of the most CG-addled five year old.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Leyland
Total Film
February 16, 2010
Bar the climactic dip, another Ghibli charmer that finds story, subject matter and style in freewheeling harmony. You haven't seen the sea until you've seen it through Miyazaki's goggles.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Lucy Barrick
Radio Times
February 16, 2010
This is a million miles away from the garish and crude cartoons that American studios often churn out, and serves as a reminder that animated films can be imaginative, enchanting and exciting while still telling a sweet, good-hearted story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Grant Rollings
The Sun (UK)
February 16, 2010
[Miyazaki's] dream-like visuals which sparkle in the deep blue sea.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
February 16, 2010
Absurdly delightful, a prestidigitation of line and colour.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
February 16, 2010
No animator captures the movement of tides and the deep physics of the sea as lyrically as Miyazaki, and the story's themes of rejuvenation and ecological balance carry a highly topical edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
February 16, 2010
It may be a feelgood story but it's the stunning animation and the director's imagination that take the eye.
| Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
February 16, 2010
If you want to see something suitable for all ages that will dazzle you sideways and remind you of the awesome power of animation done right, you should see this.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
February 15, 2010
Be bold enough to watch someone color outside the lines on purpose
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
February 12, 2010
The underwater scenes are as rich and teeming as Miyazaki's boundless imagination; little Ponyo in her human form, joyfully wobbling around on her newly sprouted legs, is a pure delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
February 11, 2010
At its heart, Ponyo is a film about a global catastrophe no less destructive than the shifting plates and rising waters of 2012. But the apocalypse has seldom seemed so light, joyous or tender.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
February 11, 2010
Beautifully animated, utterly charming adventure with a strong voice cast, delightful characters and an emotionally engaging, if bonkers, storyline.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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