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The Wind Rises Reviews

March 13, 2014
The film is one of the most rapturously beautiful that Miyazaki has made, and all the more unsettling because of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 13, 2014
The pastel palette bespeaks a determined, almost demented lightness.
February 28, 2014
At 73, Miyazaki's farewell is many things -- gorgeous, beckoning, compassionate. For better and worse, it soars above child's play.
February 28, 2014
When Jiro dreams, "Wind" soars; when he comes down to earth, the film can feel a bit stiff and murky. But then, that may be the point.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 28, 2014
The Wind Rises has the sweep and majesty of a Technicolor Hollywood classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 27, 2014
In terms of tone, visual beauty, and storytelling, The Wind Rises represents Miyazaki at the apex of his abilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 27, 2014
A work of immense mystery and strangeness, loaded with unforgettable images, spectacular sweeps of color and nested, hidden meanings.
February 27, 2014
The movie's story and visuals are all of a piece. The incidents are layered; the wind reveals their secrets.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 27, 2014
Koreans, Chinese and others who experienced war atrocities at the hands of the Japanese have accused the film of political irresponsibility. But its real agenda, if you look carefully, is quite another matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 27, 2014
Gorgeous, wondrous and troubling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 27, 2014
The view is beautiful, but the loftier aims of "The Wind Rises" fall short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 27, 2014
The beauty of "The Wind Rises" - and it really is gorgeous - does not mask the troublesome aspects of its story, or of human nature itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 24, 2014
The images in "The Wind Rises" are breathtaking, with one striking scene after another, imaginative, whimsical, powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 21, 2014
An ode to flight and a celebration of living with one's head in the clouds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 21, 2014
Everything is invested with spirit: levers, flaps, and, of course, the wind.
February 20, 2014
The Wind Rises has the historical sweep of a David Lean picture, complete with panoramic shots of migrating populations against a background of disaster ...
February 20, 2014
While it's not quite as magical as some of his previous films, it makes a fitting and often moving farewell.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 20, 2014
Miyazaki isn't taking sides, merely observing how the winds of fate often propel us into situations not entirely of our choosing and open to interpretation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 20, 2014
Visually, "The Wind Rises" is a thing of sensual, contemplative poetry, from the pearlescent cloudscapes and verdant countryside of Horikoshi's youth to the hulking gray factories he visits in prewar Germany as a young man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 20, 2014
The movie's a gorgeous, problematic anomaly in an illustrious career-a case of rapturous artistic blindness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 20, 2014
The Wind Rises may come as a shock for fans of the kid-friendly, pro-feminist, deeply pacifist Miyazaki... It's a big story, and in this landmark film Miyazaki is up to every demand.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 20, 2014
If this is indeed Miyazaki's farewell, it's a fine one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 20, 2014
Miyazaki is arguably at the Kubrick/Polanski level, where his lesser films still yield great rewards. Even during the moments that don't soar, "The Wind Rises" continues tosatisfy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 20, 2014
It is vigorous, subtle, thematically daring, visually gorgeous.
February 20, 2014
All he wanted, Jiro ruminates in this film, was to create something beautiful. Which is, at least, a feat that director Miyazaki has achieved. Once again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 8, 2014
Its questionable subtext is less problematic than the fact that it simply isn't that moving.
November 8, 2013
The great Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki has said that his new film The Wind Rises, will be his last. For all sorts of reasons, I hope this is not true.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 7, 2013
"The Wind Rises," with its complex diminuendo, underlines Mr. Miyazaki's much longer, richly creative odyssey.
November 7, 2013
Miyazaki offers a vivid, at times fantastical view of Japan between the wars, wracked by the Great Depression, a fearsome earthquake that leveled Tokyo in 1923, a tuberculosis epidemic and the rise of fascism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 7, 2013
To see "The Wind Rises" is to simultaneously marvel at the work of a master and regret that this film is likely his last.
November 7, 2013
The film, like the wind it references, has wonderfully soaring sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 7, 2013
It's a gorgeous-looking, thoughtful epic, even if it falters at times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 7, 2013
While The Wind Rises isn't top-shelf Miyazaki, it features more than enough gorgeous imagery to make his loss feel acute.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 6, 2013
As gorgeously animated as any of his previous movies, Wind has Miyazaki trading in his more fantastical impulses for contemplative, old-fashioned drama and period detail.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 5, 2013
Even Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli wizardry can't ward off this story's jinxes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 5, 2013
An emotionally generous and expansively detailed romantic fantasy.
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.
October 30, 2013
'Airplanes are beautiful dreams' is a phrase reprised throughout Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises, and the same could be said about Miyazaki's films.
October 21, 2013
Perhaps the greatest animated film ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.7/10
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
September 12, 2013
Having proven his talent time and again, the master has explained himself.
Full Review | Original Score: b+
September 8, 2013
Hayao Miyazaki's hauntingly beautiful historical epic draws a sober portrait of Japan between the two World Wars.
September 8, 2013
A film about the beauty of flight and the prelude to war, whose astonishing visuals shout that life is wonderful.