The Secret World of Arrietty Reviews

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July 29, 2019
The movie is a charming and slow attentive study of a friendship that teaches two budding youths, albeit of varying sizes, to learn trust, choose fearlessly and keep open hearts.
January 18, 2019
Sometimes it is good to just sit back and have a calming slice of life story.
November 4, 2018
So grounded that it makes its premise seem almost entirely plausible, and it makes it seem like even the smallest childhood fantasies might be real.
August 24, 2018
Clearly aimed at a very young market and consequently the story has been stripped to its bare basics, which is to its deficit.
August 23, 2018
The story is sweet and simple, but unique.
August 14, 2018
It has exuberant charm, illustrious animation and a high level of intimacy - basically everything you've come to expect from a Ghibli film, but on a smaller, more child-focused scale.
December 13, 2017
Studio Ghibli's adaptation of Arrietty's tale feels oddly traditional.
August 21, 2017
Although conceived and written by [Hayao] Miyazaki, the film was actually directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, and the inimitable magic of the earlier films isn't quite there.
December 8, 2014
Arrietty combines the bold, mature qualities of prior Ghibli fantasy outings like Spirited Away and Nausicaa with the droll humor of My Neighbor Totoro, resulting in a movie that is simultaneously thrilling and whimsically adorable.
December 8, 2014
While Arrietty lacks the originality and imagination of many in the Studio Ghibli catalogue, it has the heart, warmth and beauty of its predecessors and is certain to leave you feeling moved.
December 8, 2014
It's very pretty (plus a song that is like a gumdrop melting in your ear). Girls may enjoy the sweet, rather wistful story more than most boys.
December 8, 2014
The Secret World of Arrietty is a magical and heartwarming story for older kids and adults. It's a secret world you will fall in love with.
December 8, 2014
Arrietty is brave and bright, exactly the sort of strange and wonderful being who might change someone's life forever.
December 8, 2014
It's the kind of children's film that's easy to overrate, simply for not treating the younger contingent of its audience like ADD-addled freaks, but far easier to enjoy as the handiwork of a relaxed master filmmaker.
December 8, 2014
What is so bewitching about the mostly static backgrounds in Arrietty is that they can be oxygenated at will by the smallest instance of judiciously placed movement, such as a single fluttering ladybird or a pair of jaunty butterflies in the foreground.
December 8, 2014
This is truly a film for both parents and children. I really can't find anything wrong with it. Not one thing. It's a beautiful and poignant experience.
December 8, 2014
Yonebayashi's crowning achievement: tapping into profundity only adults can appreciate while sweeping children away -- and not just aesthetically -- during the same moments.
December 8, 2014
Arrietty might not possess the sheer whimsicality of previous Ghibli endeavours... but it is the simple things... that will make all that inevitable gushing praise from loyal Ghibli fans entirely justified.
December 8, 2014
The Secret World of Arrietty is a nice piece of kiddy fluff, but it's a beautiful, well-told piece of kiddy fluff.
December 8, 2014
The Secret World of Arrietty is a celebration of the vibrant life surging all around us -- a declaration of the countless stories being told all at once.
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