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The Secret World of Arrietty Reviews

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Don Groves
sbs.com.au
January 17, 2012
Japanese animated tale is a small-scale offering.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto
February 17, 2012
We expect more from the studio that brought us Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle.
| Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 16, 2012
The adventure plot is not very adventurous, the wistful Jewel-esque song that recurs throughout is superannoying and the film's somber tone and one-track storyline make it feel longer than its 94 minutes.
| Original Score: 2/4
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
January 12, 2012
All the English charm has been sucked out of the story and replaced by less appealing replica in which the joys are few and far between
Matt Pais
RedEye
February 16, 2012
Offers no magic, only slow-paced seriousness in exploring a world that's exactly the same as ours, just smaller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
February 17, 2012
This could have been, and should have been, a marvelous treat for children of all ages.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
February 16, 2012
Visually sumptuous, gentle--and some would say lackadaisical--film that's quietly likable but so understated that it borders on the boring.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Adam Rayner
What Culture
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Hannah Ongley
Concrete Playground
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.
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
May 25, 2014
There are undeniable signs of this being a first-feature from an "unproven" director, but there's also a confidence in Yonebayashi that elevates the material a great deal.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Devon Ashby
CraveOnline
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.
Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered
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
Eric Eisenberg
CinemaBlend.com
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Amy Joyce
Washington Post
February 17, 2012
This gorgeous little movie is sure to be beloved by your little people, who may discover what it means to find a magical beauty in the things we can't altogether see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Stephen Lambrechts
IGN Movies AU
January 8, 2012
While this is a deeply rewarding film, people with short attention spans might not get as much out of it. Those willing to let these wonderful little characters into their hearts however, will find a film they won't soon forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Simpson
Fan The Fire
August 16, 2011
As a beautiful, simple ode to the dreams and longings of childhood, and the power of imagination hand drawn onto the frame, it could hardly be more charming. But one longs for the rippling sense of the unreal that once lingered beneath the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Grae Drake
Movies.com
February 17, 2012
No other animation studio, even our beloved Pixar, can quite replicate the magic, wonder and weirdness [of Studio Ghibl].
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Jody Mitori
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 17, 2012
"The Secret World of Arrietty" proves that imagination still matters amid all the clamor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
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.
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
February 14, 2012
Plunging below the grass line to capture a miniature world in precise detail, The Secret World of Arrietty offers exactly what its title promises, unveiling this secret milieu through thoroughly meticulous animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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