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The Secret World of Arrietty Reviews

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Don Groves

Japanese animated tale is a small-scale offering.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 17, 2012
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto

We expect more from the studio that brought us Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle.

Full Review Source: NOW Toronto | Original Score: 2/5

February 17, 2012
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

February 16, 2012
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

January 12, 2012
Matt Pais

Offers no magic, only slow-paced seriousness in exploring a world that's exactly the same as ours, just smaller.

Full Review Source: RedEye | Original Score: 2/4

February 16, 2012
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

This could have been, and should have been, a marvelous treat for children of all ages.

Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan

February 17, 2012
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Visually sumptuous, gentle--and some would say lackadaisical--film that's quietly likable but so understated that it borders on the boring.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C+

February 16, 2012
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

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 Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: B

May 25, 2014
Jeff Beck

It's not quite on the level of some of the studio's other works, but [it's] still fascinating to watch for its beautiful animation, interesting characters, and the heartwarming relationship between Shawn and Arrietty.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/4

September 17, 2012
Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered

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 Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 7/10

January 23, 2013
Amy Joyce
Washington Post
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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 Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

February 17, 2012
Stephen Lambrechts
IGN Movies AU

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 Source: IGN Movies AU | Original Score: 4/5

January 8, 2012
Andrew Simpson
Fan The Fire

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 Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 4/5

August 16, 2011
Grae Drake

No other animation studio, even our beloved Pixar, can quite replicate the magic, wonder and weirdness [of Studio Ghibl].

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 17, 2012
Jody Mitori
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"The Secret World of Arrietty" proves that imagination still matters amid all the clamor.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

February 17, 2012
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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[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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 7, 2013
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

February 14, 2012
Ian Buckwalter
The Atlantic
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Yonebayashi gives Arrietty an excellent sense of balance, with the adventure aspects of the story, which feel legitimately dangerous providing well-paced contrast the film's more placid moments.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic | Original Score: 7.8/10

February 17, 2012
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture

Effortlessly charming and exquisitely beautiful.

Full Review Source: Ultra Culture

July 28, 2011
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

As pretty as it is, this Secret World is too Earthbound by far.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 23, 2012
Drew Taylor
The Playlist
February 17, 2012
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