The Tomatometer rating – based on the published opinions of hundreds of film and television critics – is a trusted measurement of movie and TV programming quality for millions of moviegoers. It represents the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show.
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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.