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Spirited Away Reviews

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David Parkinson
Radio Times
November 27, 2013
Director Hayao Miyazaki's insistence on hand-drawn graphics gives the CGI visuals an ethereal charm that ensures the story is always a pleasure to behold, even during its rare moments of inaction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 5, 2012
...a gorgeously animated yet sporadically entertaining endeavor that isn't quite the instant classic one might've expected...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ted Shen
Chicago Reader
October 25, 2011
Enchanting and impressively crafted.
Liz Perle
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Magnificent, spellbinding movie has a bit of edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 31, 2010
Full of riches, thematic and visual, and the best way to understand them is simply to watch the film and take it all in.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 25, 2009
Spirited Away exalts the young girl Chihiro's uncanny experiences into an adventure that is as thrillingly ambiguous as it is vividly soundtracked and illustrated.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
I went nuts over this movie.
Michael Dequina
December 28, 2008
Filmgoers of all ages should not pass up the opportunity to experience such a work of staggering imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Bradshaw
October 18, 2008
Magical is a word used casually about films like this, films about fantasy and childhood. Yet this one really does deserve it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
October 18, 2008
This persistently fascinating if slightly over-long fairytale is propelled by the seemingly boundless imagination of writer-director Hayao Miyazaki.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 3, 2008
Spirited Away is wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
A fractured, knotted story about adjusting to new surroundings and having courage in the face of peril.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 14, 2007
Think you're too hip for Japanese anime about a lost ten-year-old girl whose parents turn into snorting pigs? Get over it.
| Original Score: 4/4
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
Miyazaki has created a complete, complex world with this film, and it's certainly a magical journey. Very, very good entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Despite a dip midway through, this is a captivating fantasy that sets a new benchmark for animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Tony Rayns
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Initially seems like a Through the Looking-Glass fantasy, but rapidly picks up a resonance, weight and complexity that make it all but Shakespearean.
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
September 20, 2005
I struggled to find the source of imperfection in this film
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
Far and away the best film I've seen this year.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 6, 2004
Not instructive, as Disney is, and not aloof, like anime. Spirited Away is fun without being a lesson, and it welcomes you in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 9, 2004
'Mostrando un profundo respeto por el mundo espiritual, Miyazaki logra una verdadera joya de la animación que a veces raya en lo poético'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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