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The Secret World of Arrietty Reviews

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January 23, 2013
The Secret World of Arrietty is a return to the land of imagination that is so often the basis for these beautiful films, which continually show that animation can be so much more than just a cartoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
January 7, 2013
The fresh and simple story will win its share of young fans, though it lacks the disturbing adult elements might have attracted older audiences.
January 7, 2013
With The Secret World of Arrietty, Yonebayashi proves himself to be not just a worthy successor to Miyazaki, but an accomplished visionary in his own right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 7, 2013
[The film] pulses with feeling for childhood and nature and develops a surprising amount of suspense considering it takes place around a single suburban home.
May 10, 2012
Studio Ghibli's best film since Miyazaki's eco-fable masterpiece Spirited Away. Its story is impeccably paced, its look beautifully imagined, and its drama perfectly built-up. Bristles, underfoot, with some delightful feminism and environmentalism.
April 21, 2012
There's a gentle movie from Japan that's going to seem familiar to a lot of fans of the series of books about 'The Borrowers.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 16, 2012
Like motion picture Yoga--quietly cathartic and just the thing to raise your kids on.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 23, 2012
As pretty as it is, this Secret World is too Earthbound by far.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 17, 2012
This divine hand-drawn animated adventure took my breath away on more than one occasion, and by the time it came to an end all I wanted to do was run up to the projection booth and make the theatre start it over from the beginning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 12, 2012
It certainly belongs in the second rank of Ghibli fantasies. But give it a chance.
March 9, 2012
Most will be caught up in its beautiful spell, immersed in great storytelling at its finest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 4, 2012
The soft-focus animation has an impressionistic quality, as if a gentle breeze had wafted across a Monet canvas.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 2, 2012
This smart, winsome fairy tale is not quite Hiyao Miyazaki, but it still might be the best animated film that (some few) will see all year.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
March 2, 2012
Another Studio Ghibli wonder, as heartbreaking for its devotion to craft, artistry and intelligent storytelling (for viewers of all ages) as for its themes of inevitable exile and impossible love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 25, 2012
...yet another jewel in the crown of Studio Ghibli.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 24, 2012
...creates a sense of wide-eyed wonder and discovery as we experience the awe-inspiring mysteries of an ordinary house as seen from the four-inch borrower's point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 24, 2012
The animation, a gorgeous blend of bewitching watercolored backgrounds and poignantly rendered characters, is, as ever, beyond reproach.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 24, 2012
What is most effective is the way the sense of peaceful shelter and retreat in the country setting contrasts with the precariousness of the situations faced by Shawn and Arrietty.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 23, 2012
It's hard to imagine this scenario playing out with more delicacy and care than animator-turned-director Yonebayashi Hiromasa brings to bear.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
February 22, 2012
Arrietty has an elegiac mood, like a more wan and sedate Toy Story.
Read More | Original Score: 8/10
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