When Marnie Was There Reviews

November 3, 2018
The allegory of the fantastic of Studio Ghibli's older productions, and particularly those of Miyazaki's, seems to be largely lost, and unfortunately, the film's technical prowess is not enough to surpass this issue.
August 16, 2017
Marnie may be a quiet end to the pantheon of animated masterpieces that have streamed out of Hayao Miyazaki's studio, but the film is satisfying in its own way.
December 30, 2015
With Ghibli announcing indefinite hiatus last year, When Marnie Was There marks the last film we'll see from the studio for some time to come. In that light, it's dimly disappointing and doesn't hold a candle to their '80s and '90s output.
June 4, 2015
Dramatically unworthy of its gorgeous coastal landscapes and ever-shifting light.
June 4, 2015
This is, disappointingly, a long way from being a Studio Ghibli classic.
May 21, 2015
Beneath its calm, exquisitely detailed surface, "When Marnie Was There" bubbles with half-formed ideas and undeveloped themes.
May 20, 2015
Taken as the punctuation mark on Studio Ghibli's oeuvre, it's underwhelming. Taken on its own terms, it's ... still underwhelming, but significantly less so.
May 20, 2015
The Ghibli studio is in transition, but "Marnie," despite some gentle moments of reflection, is a ghost shadow of its previous masterworks.
May 17, 2015
The film at first plays like a refresher and throwback to Hayao Miyazaki's Kiki's Delivery Service, before revealing itself to be less minimal than minor.