The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Reviews

Page 1 of 2
March 20, 2015
As you'd expect from the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, Takahata has created a ravishing, technically perfect product and the hand-drawn, watercolour images explode with tender, humorous details.
March 19, 2015
The latest film from the esteemed Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli.
March 19, 2015
Lush, hand-painted images offer plentiful consolation, but its beauty forms a gilded cage: until the undeniably moving final movements, it just feels several shades too constrained to fully honour its heroine's restless, questing spirit.
March 17, 2015
Plays out as a wistful, slow-burning romance, underscored with a streak of social satire and animated in exquisitely subtle pastels and watercolours.
December 4, 2014
It's the beautiful and breathtaking animation that gives The Tale of the Princess Kaguya a luster that is both simple and sophisticated.
December 4, 2014
One can only hope Ghibli maintains a creative standard as high as his.
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.
November 24, 2014
This delicate, hand-drawn marvel is lyrical and heartbreaking in ways that most live-action movies never approach.
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.
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 24, 2014
With no bombast whatsoever, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya manages to stir the soul.
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 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
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.
Page 1 of 2