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The Wind Rises Reviews

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Nathan Bartlebaugh
The Film Stage
June 21, 2016
There's great humanity and great drama spread throughout, but all of it is given the careful, illuminating gleam of a dreamer's gaze.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 14, 2016
The Wind Rises abstracts its own historical fabric by focussing on the tiny space between the stitches - on its psychological portrait and romantic plot.
Full Review | Original Score: Recommended
Hannah Brown
Jerusalem Post
March 21, 2016
Although the pacing of the film is odd, the images are gorgeous, and they say more than the dialogue.
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 8, 2015
"The Wind Rises" will mean the most to fans who've grown up watching Mr. Miyazaki's work. Think of it as your graduation present.
Rob Gonsalves
July 14, 2015
World-class animation, with obsessive attention lavished on the smallest, subtlest things
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
July 2, 2014
Reveals itself to be not just a drama about love, romance, aircraft, or war, but a drama of the very essence of humanity: why do we try to live?
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Jason Best
Movie Talk
June 15, 2014
Fittingly, for a film that Miyazaki says will be his last, it's also something of a self-portrait in its depiction of a nearsighted, work-driven dreamer whose imagination soars above the rest.
Andrew Osmond
Sight and Sound
May 13, 2014
It's Miyazaki's most atypical cartoon, yet it might be his most personal self-representation, a portrait of the artist as a myopic dreamer.
Jeff Vice
May 12, 2014
"(The) good news is that the film is a flawed but still very enjoyable flight of fancy."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
May 11, 2014
A rich treat for the eye and soul alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)
May 9, 2014
If The Wind Rises is Miyazaki's final feature, it marks a suitably rich and strange exit for one of the giants of Japanese cinema.
May 9, 2014
A celebration of craft, graft and inspiration, The Wind Rises is a final masterpiece from an industry legend - and a ballsy statement that animated wonder needn't be confined to genre ghettos.
Rich Cline
May 9, 2014
For what he has said will be his final film, animation maestro Hayao Miyazaki tackles a controversial biopic that could just as easily have been shot in live action.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
May 9, 2014
The story has much in common with that of The First of the Few, Leslie Howard's 1942 stiff-upper-lip biopic of RK Mitchell, designer of the Supermarine Spitfire. But there is magic here.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
May 8, 2014
It is a film with the elegant sweep of a David Lean epic as it unfolds in Japan between the wars.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
May 8, 2014
There is a wonderful gentleness and intelligent idealism to this animation by 73-year-old Hayao Miyazaki ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Sky Movies
May 8, 2014
Ultimately, Miyazaki fails to hold the responsibility-shy Horikisho to account...and suggest he has his head hidden in the clouds as much as the young aerial inventor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 8, 2014
The desecration of beautiful dreams is a ghost always lurking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
May 5, 2014
Laced with poignancy and portent, Miyazaki's epic is an elegy for lost dreams - and a farewell befitting an animation master.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Jolin
Empire Magazine
May 4, 2014
While Miyazaki's two-hour-long, historical-melodrama swansong is destined to be his most divisive film yet, it is also his most adult and interesting, and never less than visually breathtaking throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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