The Secret World of Arrietty Reviews

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December 8, 2014
It's very pretty (plus a song that is like a gumdrop melting in your ear). Girls may enjoy the sweet, rather wistful story more than most boys.
December 8, 2014
Arrietty is a fresh take on Mary Norton's classic The Borrowers, with animated artwork that will have adults enchanted and children gripped.
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
[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.
February 17, 2012
The Secret World of Arrietty is a marvelously captivating animated feature about very tiny people and the full-scale world they inhabit.
February 17, 2012
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.
February 17, 2012
It's an enjoyable and attractive-looking film, but a little of that "Speed Racer" energy wouldn't have been such a bad thing.
February 17, 2012
The visual details are inventive, and the animation - particularly the colors - is lovely.
February 17, 2012
"The Secret World of Arrietty" proves that imagination still matters amid all the clamor.
February 17, 2012
"The Secret World of Arrietty'' is a feast for the eyes that will engage the entire family.
February 17, 2012
The Secret World of Arrietty is sweet fun, an astute match of exquisite style and small content.
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.
February 17, 2012
"The Secret World of Arrietty" is a sweet world indeed.
February 16, 2012
With its lush colors, imaginative view of ordinary objects and meticulously crafted miniature civilization, it transports viewers to an enchanting alternate storybook reality.
February 16, 2012
Whether it's an expansive view of a sun-dappled meadow or a close-up of our diminutive heroine making her way across a lawn while hiding under a leaf, the Ghibli artists show us the world the way Matisse once painted it.
February 16, 2012
What unfolds is part adventure, part fairy tale, part star-crossed romance (she fits in his palm; can it get more doomed?). And the overall sum is enchantment.
February 16, 2012
Studio Ghibli and Arrietty have a way of taking you where you may not expect, whether you're scrambling through rooms as large as canyons or clambering into the safety of an outstretched hand, a simple gesture that says it all.
February 16, 2012
Beautiful, gentle and pure - but not without elements of genuine menace - it will make believers out of adults and children alike.
February 16, 2012
When Shawn, a sickly boy sent to live in the house before he has heart surgery, sees Arrietty, does he squash her like a bug? Dear reader, he is enchanted. As are we.
February 16, 2012
The film flatters young moviegoers' awareness of deeper matters while delivering just enough enchantment to beguile both them and their parents.
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