Ponyo Reviews

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July 6, 2010
Even when the film feels murky, Miyazaki's painterly eye keeps things afloat
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'.
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.
February 16, 2010
An arresting work from an unmistakable film-making personality.
February 16, 2010
It may be a feelgood story but it's the stunning animation and the director's imagination that take the eye.
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.
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.
August 27, 2009
Children will love this. It's classic Miyazaki.
August 27, 2009
Miyazaki effortlessly combines the marvellous and the mundane in his cinema. Visually, Ponyo is an imaginative, exhilarating work, but its vigour and energy are achieved with surprising simplicity.
August 26, 2009
It's one of Miyazaki's funniest and most intimate films so far, partly because of the engaging matter-of-factness with which he marries the extravagantly fantastic with the comforting realities of everyday life.
August 20, 2009
One of the anime master's weaker efforts.
August 19, 2009
Ponyo hasn't changed my mind about Miyazaki. But I'm willing to accept and enjoy this little window into the dream life of fish.
August 17, 2009
I liked that it wasn't bound by the conventions of normal storytelling and I loved seeing a film that is just hand drawn animation.
August 17, 2009
I was, I'm afraid, a little lost at times.
August 14, 2009
Trippy in the right way, and wholly enchanting.
August 14, 2009
This exquisite pastel-colored, eye-popping example of hand-drawn animation is still very Japanese, aimed most specifically at children around the world -- but with a storytelling sophistication that adults will savor.
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.
August 14, 2009
Five minutes into this magical film you'll be making lists of the individuals of every age you can expose to the very special mixture of fantasy and folklore, adventure and affection, that make up the enchanted vision of Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki.
August 14, 2009
You watch a Miyazaki film with the pie-eyed, gape-mouthed awe of a child being read the most fantastic story and suddenly transported to places previously beyond the limits of imagination. It's quite a trip.
August 14, 2009
Miyazaki works marvels. Sit back and behold.
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