The Boy And The Beast (Bakemono No Ko) Reviews

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February 11, 2019
The martial arts sequences look very bold and captivating, and all the animation is rendered beautifully.
November 3, 2018
For a film that claims to have so much heart, it all feels suspiciously hollow.
November 3, 2018
The sole fault of the film is that it becomes a bit sanctimonious in the end, trying to include as many values as possible, in a tactic that seems a bit out-of-place. However, this fault is not enough to ruin a true masterpiece of the genre.
August 25, 2017
It looks fantastic. Momoda's penchant for meticulously detailed vistas teaming with life is well represented in scenes of Tokyo's densely populated streets and the gargantuan battle arena of the Beast Kingdom
August 15, 2017
[Its] familiar beats cunningly coalesce into an elaborate plot, set to Takagi Masakatsu's bustling score.
July 31, 2017
Award-winning writer director Mamoru Hosoda's film feels like a classic tale rather than a modern take, the characters are quite two-dimensional, the moral simple, but it is sweet, engaging [and] sometimes funny.
July 21, 2017
The Boy and the Beast is a beautifully warm film that rides on a wave of emotion and fantasy.
July 7, 2017
A beautifully animated tale that is often more appealing than some live-action blockbusters competing for your attention this summer.
July 3, 2017
The burgeoning bond between man and monster hits soaring emotional heights, even if the new world feels a little under-developed.
July 3, 2017
The animation is impressive throughout, but it is the balance of visual spectacle and heartfelt emotions that cuts deeper ...
December 31, 2016
Animated wonders abound in The Boy and the Beast, a beautifully drawn fantasy tale by Japanese anime filmmaker Mamoru Hosoda.
September 13, 2016
A film that doesn't try to redefine fantasy anime, instead it exploits the classic anime characters argue and fight all the time. [Full review in Spanish]
July 11, 2016
The Boy and the Beast is surprisingly funny, incredibly poignant and boasts some great lessons: Everybody's got darkness to control, and family is what you make, not what you're born into.
July 10, 2016
None of this is at all groundbreaking or unimaginably sophisticated, but it works so very well to make for an involving, admirable family film.
June 16, 2016
Hosoda flirts with the uncompromising challenges of the real world, allowing airs of self-doubt and oversight to affect his fantastical narrative.
June 13, 2016
An emotional coming of age story. [Full review in Spanish]
June 13, 2016
With great and detailed animation, this is a fun and entertaining tale of acceptance, evolution, learning, love and family. [Full review in Spanish]
June 9, 2016
A film that combines humor, kindness, adventure, fighting and a message about love. [Full review in Spanish]
June 9, 2016
Hosoda is well on his way to become the next Miyazaki. [Full review in Spanish]
June 9, 2016
A fun and visually diverse film. [Full review in Spanish]
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