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Ponyo Reviews

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December 29, 2010
For once, Japan's animation maestro is all at sea.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
August 28, 2009
Ponyo is something of a disappointment. Leaving aside the plot deficiencies and storytelling awkwardness, Mr. Miyazaki's latest simply doesn't look good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 13, 2009
If you consider Teletubbies to be a work of creative genius then, yeah, okay, Ponyo is great, too.
Read More | Original Score: D
August 17, 2009
I was, I'm afraid, a little lost at times.
August 16, 2009
I sure like Miyazaki's visual style, but could he for once make a movie that actually made sense? Or have realistic characters, like a mother who wouldn't leave her 5 year alone during an extremely dangerous storm?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 2, 2009
Hayao Miyazaki is off his game with this film that has weaker art and animation than his usual films and a script that needed another draft or two.
Full Review| Original Score: 5/10
August 12, 2009
A children's film that's at once overly simplistic and needlessly nonsensical.
August 24, 2009
[N]ever coheres into a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts, as Miyazaki's true classics have done...
August 14, 2009
Miyazaki's artwork can be lovely -- and the delicate, watery colors of Ponyo are particularly well done -- but he's still a slave to the genre's peculiar traditions.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
August 20, 2009
One of the anime master's weaker efforts.
December 13, 2017
At its best, this is a master working in a minor key; at its worst, it feels like a project in search of structure and conviction.
August 14, 2009
Probably the most saccarine horror film I've seen in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
December 12, 2017
Inspired very loosely by Hans Christian Andersen's original The Little Mermaid, Ponyo is an exceedingly charming modern fairy tale.
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
August 14, 2009
Ponyo will sure make you long for the days of hand-drawn animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 12, 2009
Charming, amusing and firmly anchored in a child's point of view, this movie from the master animator of Spirited Away makes a great introduction to that acquired-taste style of filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 15, 2010
Though far from Studio Ghibli's best film, Ponyo is still a magical experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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