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The Wind Rises Reviews

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Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
February 20, 2014
Doesn't hit the heights that audiences know Miyazaki's work is capable of reaching.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Seongyong Cho
September 25, 2013
It is not enchanting or charming enough to be recommended, and its story and characters are less engaging compared to the memorably colorful or complex characters we encountered in [Miyazaki's] other works.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Shane Danielsen
February 28, 2014
There are more boring movies than this one. There aren't many more disingenuous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Nordine
L.A. Weekly
January 8, 2014
Its questionable subtext is less problematic than the fact that it simply isn't that moving.
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
November 5, 2013
Even Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli wizardry can't ward off this story's jinxes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Devin Faraci
December 10, 2013
I wish these beautiful scenes and images were in the service of a story that I enjoyed watching be told.
Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon
July 14, 2016
In The Wind Rises as elsewhere, Miyazaki's artistry is undeniable, but the storytelling is flabby.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 27, 2014
'The Wind Rises' is akin to sitting through an unbearably long flight in which the view can only be appreciated so much ...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
March 9, 2014
Hardcore fans of legendary Japanese anime maestro Hayao Miyazaki are likely to be the only ones to put much stock in the director's final film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
November 4, 2013
The studied whimsy hits plot points on the nose and seems likelier to inspire calculation than imagination; rather than just telling a story of regimentation, the movie feels regimented.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 21, 2014
Visually ravishing, as you'd expect from Hayao Miyazaki, but there is, disappointingly, no drama and no conflict here.
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Wesley Morris
March 13, 2014
The pastel palette bespeaks a determined, almost demented lightness.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 27, 2014
The view is beautiful, but the loftier aims of "The Wind Rises" fall short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike D'Angelo
The Dissolve
September 15, 2013
Animating a biopic doesn't make it any less plodding, and this account of a Japanese aeronautics expert ca. the 1930s spends too little time on the details of his work and too much time on a fabricated, Love Story-style romance.
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
May 9, 2014
It's being billed as Hayao Miyazaki's last film. He can't leave us this way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
November 8, 2013
Ah yes, an animated TB plague - now you're talking.
Andrew Chan
Film Comment Magazine
February 25, 2014
Apart from its handcrafted visuals, which are as lovely and painstakingly precise as anything in the Ghibli canon, the film feels sapped of conflict and energy
Nina Garin
San Diego Union-Tribune
February 21, 2014
For those who do a bit of pre-movie research, "The Wind Rises" can be a lovely, realistic tale ... Otherwise, it's just not that captivating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Xan Brooks
September 2, 2013
I wanted to love it, tried to love it and then went down in flames.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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