The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Reviews

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December 4, 2014
What makes "Princess Kaguya" stick in emotional terms? Its depiction of an extraordinary girl, learning for herself that a life without real joy and spontaneity is only a shadow of a life.
December 4, 2014
Pretty but not gorgeous, affecting but not enchanting.
December 2, 2014
An impressive hallowing of play and laughter as the sources of a lightness of being.
November 28, 2014
...seemingly built on nothing more than slight sketches and quick brushstrokes.
November 24, 2014
This delicate, hand-drawn marvel is lyrical and heartbreaking in ways that most live-action movies never approach.
November 24, 2014
With its sumptuous images and impressionistic storytelling, the animated The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a moving work by Isao Takahata.
November 23, 2014
Astonishing work of art that both expresses and transcends the 'anime' genre. Made by a 79 year old director, it is a film for the ages.
November 13, 2014
If there's a message here about the foolhardiness of parental expectations, it fades away in the face of the film's rapturous visuals.
November 4, 2014
Lovely, if patience-testing old-school anime fairytale
October 31, 2014
Takahata's meticulous hand-drawn animation showcases a beautiful texture that perfectly complements the themes of the whimsical story.
October 31, 2014
At first, the images resemble a picture book: simple line drawings with static backgrounds, faces on which only lips and eyes move. Designs become more complex as the story does.
October 30, 2014
The term 'moving picture' seems especially and happily applicable here.
October 30, 2014
The hand-drawn details are breathtaking, with a cautionary and compelling story for tweens and older kids to share with their parents.
October 30, 2014
It's more deeply satisfying and complex than similar, Hollywood-produced fare - like fine wine compared with Kool-Aid.
October 30, 2014
Princess Kaguya belongs in the film-princess pantheon.
October 30, 2014
While cryptic in story and minimalist in form, this brave new offering from Studio Ghibli quietly dazzles.
October 30, 2014
Will enthrall everyone with its evocative images but probably task the patience of anybody not already acquainted with, and fascinated by, the story.
October 27, 2014
It probably helps to have some background in Japanese folklore, but the movie is utterly gorgeous even if you don't.
October 24, 2014
With no bombast whatsoever, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya manages to stir the soul.
October 24, 2014
Takahata's screenplay (cowritten by Riko Sakaguchi) features impressively intricate scenarios. It contains, better than a conventional villain, flawed but human characters.
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