Porco Rosso (Kurenai no buta) Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 21, 2014
...a near miss that nevertheless fares better than most of Miyazaki's output.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 20, 2014
Funny and delightful throughout, even with very serious themes bubbling underneath the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
August 2, 2007
Combining exquisite animation, (slyly subverted) Boys' Own action, and (barely concealed) adult themes, Porco Rosso goes the whole hog, offering anti-war escapades that will appeal to all ages.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 23, 2010
That a pretty great adventure movie can rest comfortably alongside a strange tale of identity and morality... is proof enough that we're in the hands of a master storyteller
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
May 6, 2013
More action-packed and manga-style, but its predictable plot points (punch-ups and air-battles) are secondary to Miyazaki-esque scenes of women's work, the indifferent beauty of nature and war as nightmare.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 28, 2005
It's a film Miyazaki made for himself, to indulge his passion for seaplanes, and this personal enthusiasm comes through clearly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Underrated and exciting.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
February 20, 2005
He does things his way, and he makes no apologies for having a snout. In fact, he's kind of smug about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Pardi
TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 10, 2009
Animator/fabulist Hayao Miyazaki pays homage to Hollywood's wartime adventure films in this masterwork built around the adventures of a high-flying pig.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Uri Lessing
eFilmCritic.com
March 7, 2005
The action sequences in Porco Rosso are reminiscent of Herge's Tintin comics.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
April 17, 2002
It resembles in its best moments a fanciful version of Casablanca with a porcine Bogey in the lead.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 27, 2005
Believe it or not, my latest favorite movie hero just happens to be a flying pig. I'm not kidding.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
February 10, 2015
Though the story touches on politics and even profundities of the human experience, Miyazaki's light touch and overriding sense of fun promise that children of all ages will give themselves over... [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
December 22, 2011
Mr. Miyazaki smooshes fantasy and history into a pastel-pretty yarn as irresistible as his feminism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 10, 2009
It's lean and vibrant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
April 27, 2015
...has a carefree sensibility that belies its underlying consideration of things like love, loss and warfare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
May 10, 2005
Miyazaki proves adept at evoking nostalgia as he his conjuring up entirely new worlds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Empire Magazine
February 1, 2006
It's solid Miyazaki, although he has reached greater heights both before and since.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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