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The Secret World of Arrietty Reviews

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Jason Buchanan
TV Guide
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
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
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
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
April 16, 2012
Like motion picture Yoga--quietly cathartic and just the thing to raise your kids on.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
March 23, 2012
As pretty as it is, this Secret World is too Earthbound by far.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
March 12, 2012
It certainly belongs in the second rank of Ghibli fantasies. But give it a chance.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
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
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
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
Chris Barsanti
PopMatters
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
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly
February 25, 2012
...yet another jewel in the crown of Studio Ghibli.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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-
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
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
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
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
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
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
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
February 22, 2012
Arrietty has an elegiac mood, like a more wan and sedate Toy Story.
| Original Score: 8/10
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
February 22, 2012
Gently enchanting, an extraordinary adventure
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
February 21, 2012
There may not be a frenzy of action and fast cuts but each scene has meticulous details about how the borrowers live, how they make use of the things in their environment to survive.
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
February 21, 2012
Tiny people who live in the walls of a rural home are put at risk when they are discovered by the humans residing there. Studio Ghibli offers a soothing animated version of the classic children's novels.
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