When Marnie Was There Reviews

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June 9, 2016
The gentle, unforced charm of the animation feels like the very best of book illustration come to miraculous life, but with a strong, almost Hitchcockian streak of excitement and danger.
June 7, 2016
At times as awkward as its young protagonist, yet brimming with the familiar Ghibli magic.
June 11, 2015
It's a kid's movie that grown-ups will like. As Marnie does on Anna, the movie casts a spell.
June 4, 2015
Dramatically unworthy of its gorgeous coastal landscapes and ever-shifting light.
June 4, 2015
Yonebayashi has touched on the greater mystery underlying everyday life, a world pulsing with wonder and possibility, edged with a shadow of melancholy.
June 4, 2015
While not a masterpiece, it is beautiful, nonetheless.
June 4, 2015
To those film lovers attuned to quiet moments and emotional nuance, this film has a shine all its own. The old-school hand-drawn animation celebrates sweeping landscapes and but also the telling detail, revealing character through spare gestures.
June 4, 2015
If you feel any kinship with the disaffected, "When Marnie Was There" has much to tell you.
May 29, 2015
The artwork is simple and elegant; Anna's fragility and self-loathing is portrayed clearly.
May 28, 2015
Yonebayashi made his feature directing debut with The Secret World of Arrietty, adapted from the British children's book The Borrowers, and this emotionally resonant second feature takes its story from another such title.
May 28, 2015
Showcasing the gorgeous hand-drawn work that is a hallmark of Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli, When Marnie Was There tells a story of youthful friendship tinged with melancholy and magic.
May 28, 2015
As a children's movie, it's uncommonly sensitive and complicated, rooted in relationships rather than dazzling action. But adults may notice its simple poetry turning, after a while, to suds.
May 27, 2015
There are moments of hushed magic here, of moonlit, seaside and tree-shadowed visual poetry, that rival anything Ghibli has ever created.
May 22, 2015
There are times, especially in the first act, when "When Marnie Was There" lacks a certain urgency, often moving with all the drive of a breeze through the oft-heard wind chimes. And then the final act really grabs the heartstrings ...
May 22, 2015
When Marnie Was There may start off a bit awkwardly, but it'll have you bathing in your own tears by the time it's over.
May 21, 2015
Beneath its calm, exquisitely detailed surface, "When Marnie Was There" bubbles with half-formed ideas and undeveloped themes.
May 21, 2015
Though its curious narrative arc means you're never sure exactly where it's going, the film works up a considerable emotional charge by the end.
May 21, 2015
As a visual (and auditory) experience, When Marnie Was There offers so many other pleasures that audiences may well overlook the story issues. After all, even second-tier Studio Ghibli releases rank among world cinema's finest animated films.
Top Critic
May 21, 2015
Even without its moving parable of emotional repair, When Marnie Was There has all of Ghibli's exquisitely hand-drawn sense of place ...
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.
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