Whisper of the Heart (Mimi wo sumaseba) (If You Listen Closely) Reviews

July 11, 2019
Shizuku is a fantastic heroine and for all my creatively inclined people, if you haven't seen this movie yet, it'll remind you of the work and honing of craft needed to be great at anything you love.
July 11, 2019
The film also unforgettably repurposes John Denver's "Country Roads," and applies it to everyday Japanese life via a number of covers. If that sounds too good to be true, it's not. It totally works somehow.
July 1, 2019
Many animated films are pitched at kids and, as such, often seem condescending. There's nothing of that sort here.
February 6, 2019
The animation is nice and it feels like a Miyazaki movie with a young heroine, trips to Italy, flying sequences and talking cats, so you can't go wrong there.
March 7, 2018
Though culturally quite different than what you'd expect from an American coming-of-age film, there's a sweet, youthful love story here that resonates beyond cultural barriers.
February 20, 2014
Like its characters, the film's horizons expand further as it progresses, creating an all-encompassing portrait of childhood dreams & the sacrifices we make to commit to them.
May 6, 2013
This urban film cuts deep into an aspiring artist's innermost doubts. It's also about what Kondō knew well: apprenticeship, patient dedication to craft and nurturing friendship with other artists.
June 3, 2010
Perhaps the most unadulterated coming-of-age story in Ghibli's canon... a film of truly excellent observation.
April 29, 2009
Will translate more towards girls than boys in the long run...
April 21, 2006
Shame how John Denver appears at regular intervals to remind us of how peculiar a beast cultural diffusion can be.
April 14, 2006
Sweet and well-observed, Whisper is about self-discovery and little else
March 30, 2006
March 11, 2006
I just didn't connect with the characters as I could have
January 8, 2004
Will easily capture the hearts of those who are both romantics and animation buffs
April 15, 2002
Instead of attempting to show us a fantasy world with their animation, the filmmakers use their medium to accentuate the small details in this one.