The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Reviews

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October 24, 2014
Although most know the name Hayao Miyazaki, there are many wonderful directors under the Ghibli umbrella, and Isao Takahata is as great as they come.
October 24, 2014
It's wondrous to watch the enchanted Princess, given a title but not a name, swell instantly into twice her size in the arms of the Bamboo Cutter's wife.
October 24, 2014
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is on the long and busy side, but it works its magic by filling up with and fully appreciating life.
October 24, 2014
What makes Takahata's Kaguya really shine is its breathtaking animation -- both simple and sophisticated, and worlds apart from the Hollywood CG norm and even the exquisite artistry of Miyazaki.
October 23, 2014
At over two hours, it might test the patience of some younger viewers (and some impatient older ones as well), but for anyone willing to take the time, it's an utter treat.
October 22, 2014
It's the best kind of fairy tale - tough, deep and meaningful, with a heroine who stays true to herself in spite of shallow temptations.
October 17, 2014
...Princess Kaguya feels like something only achievable through animation...
October 17, 2014
No matter how much you enjoy it, you're almost certainly underrating it.
October 17, 2014
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya's great success is not only in the museum-quality animation, but in turning the princess fable onto its ear.
October 17, 2014
Based on an old, popular Japanese legend, it starts off like an odd little fable, but then its expansive sadness sneaks up on you.
October 16, 2014
A real treat for animation fans, although its meditative pace may test the patience of younger viewers.
October 16, 2014
"The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" is a marvel of Japanese animation, a hand-drawn, painterly epic that submerges us in a world of beauty.
October 16, 2014
Exquisitely drawn with both watercolor delicacy and a brisk sense of line, the film finds a peculiarly moving undertow of feeling in a venerable Japanese folk tale about a foundling country girl who can't shake a sense of being out of place.
October 16, 2014
As charming as it is delicate, this unusually low-key, if a tad overlong, animated feature brings yet more prestige to the famed Ghibli output.
Top Critic
October 16, 2014
Like all fairy tales worth their salt, the movie trusts children to take on the big themes of life, death and despair included, and thus removes the sting.
October 16, 2014
Drawn in rough, sketchy lines colored in by soft watercolors, The Tale of Princess Kaguya has the magical feel of a moving painting.
October 16, 2014
Notably, the original story was called "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter," but Takahata's title puts the focus where it belongs.
October 16, 2014
A thing of endless visual beauty that seems to partake in a kind of pictorial minimalism but finds staggering possibilities for beautiful variation within its ineluctable modality. It's a true work of art.
October 16, 2014
A lovely, glacially told gem from animator Isao Takahata, the 78-year-old cofounder with Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli.
October 16, 2014
Distills a millennium of Japanese storytelling into a timeless film that feels both ancient and alive in equal measure.
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