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Spirited Away Reviews

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August 24, 2017
he box office champion in Japan, this film is a genuine work of art.
January 8, 2016
[VIDEO ESSAY] Animation legend Hayao Miyazaki's divinely imaginative display of madcap surrealism is virtuosic in this episodic coming of age classic.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
July 28, 2015
Part Alice in Wonderland and part Hansel and Gretel...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 7, 2014
Knock me down with a feather, it turns out to be terrific; maybe not a masterpiece, but certainly aglitter with invention, excitement and a mysterious kind of wit.
December 7, 2014
Vivid, amusing and genuinely awe-inspiring.
December 7, 2014
Writer-director Hayao Miyazaki, who previously made the impressive Princess Mononoke, has created a wonderfully bizarre world filled with a gallery of creepy, and some not so-creepy, characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 7, 2014
This one is an event, a huge accomplishment in the world of traditional animation and a powerful rebuttal to the notion that films for children must be simplistic and visually dull.
December 7, 2014
Chihiro's escapades don't always proceed one from the other, but let yourself go and you'll be swept away as well.
December 7, 2014
The impressive watercolour backgrounds and intense focus on the smallest details make Spirited Away more than a kid's flick. It will grab hold and impress, amaze and entertain before letting you go.
December 7, 2014
Spirited Away is unquestionably the best animated feature since Brad Bird's The Iron Giant.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 7, 2014
What it does have is the same kind of free-floating, imaginative animation, taking wing for even wilder flights of fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 23, 2014
Artful but not arty, Spirited Away is a handcrafted cartoon, as personal as an Utamaro painting, yet its breadth and heart give it an appeal that should touch American viewers of all ages.
April 23, 2014
Spirited Away is a masterwork, the latest and best in a long line from Japan's premieranimator.
April 23, 2014
Watching the Japanese cartoon epic Spirited Away is like strolling into Alice's Wonderland and seeing every wonder sprout up around you as if for the first time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 23, 2014
The result is nothing less than magical, a throwback to the very best of early Disney. If I can't remember the last time I was this enchanted by an animated film, it's because I was too young.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 16, 2014
To watch Spirited Away feels like a special gift. It is a film of such startling imagination, originality, intelligence, and emotion that I feel inexplicable joy when the opening title card fades in.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
November 27, 2013
It's an amazing work, filled with a visual intelligence that's meticulously composed and obscenely clever.
November 27, 2013
Miyazaki's luminescent, gorgeously realized world is relatively safe for children, but it also acknowledges blood, pain, dread, and death in ways that other animated films wouldn't dare.
November 27, 2013
Spirited Away has much to say about many worthy things: the life of the spirit, materialist greed, the importance of words, the power of love.
November 27, 2013
Anything but your regular 'toon, it's a (literally) fantastic experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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