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As beautifully animated as it is emotionally satisfying, Your Name adds another outstanding chapter to writer-director Makoto Shinkai's filmography. Read critic reviews

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A teenage boy and girl embark on a quest to meet each other for the first time after they magically swap bodies.

Cast & Crew

Michael Sinterniklaas
Taki Tachibana
Voice
Stephanie Sheh
Mitsuha Miyamizu
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Laura Post
Miki Okudera
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Glynis Ellis
Hitoha Miyamizu
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Kyle Hebert
Katsuhiko Teshigawara
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Cassandra Morris
Sayaka Natori
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Ben Pronsky
Tsukasa Fujii
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Ray Chase
Shinta Takagi
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Catie Harvey
Yotsuha Miyamizu
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Makoto Shinkai
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Critic Reviews for Your Name

All Critics (116) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (114) | Rotten (2)

  • Plot hiccups aside, it's a visually impressive experience with endearing characters and a unique story.

    October 2, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Beautifully animated (we're talking Studio Ghibli standards here), Your Name captures that sensation of waking up from a dream you wish lasted longer, or misplacing a name that's still warm on your tongue, but has just departed.

    May 1, 2017 | Full Review…
  • By the time Your Name reaches its moving finale, the Next Big Thing tag doesn't seem quite enough for Shinkai. He's arrived already.

    April 11, 2017 | Full Review…
  • By the time Your Name reaches its final half-hour or so, the film has moved so far beyond its initial premise that if you think back to the beginning, you'll be astonished by how far it's come.

    April 10, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's both gorgeous enough and emotionally engaging enough to be worth seeking out.

    April 7, 2017 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…
  • Throughout, there is the nagging sense that the whole thing will unravel if any one thread gets tugged too hard, but when both the heart and the sky are on fire, why lean in and go squinting at flaws?

    April 7, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Your Name

  • Feb 05, 2018
    Your Name is a weird film that attempts to mix anime with an out there concept. The film succeeds in being a beautifully developed film but the plot holes really hold this film up for me. The most obvious for me is the fact they never contact each other, even when they are switching bodies. I know my very first question would be, who the hell are you? The film is ambitious and it is a lot of fun narratively, not a lot of films these days would create something this unique. The success shows you the demand for original content in this Hollywood consuming world. I couldn't get past a lot the storyline failings but there is something here for the average film buff. 05-02-2018.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 08, 2017
    The movie is often over-explaining itself, but there are so many moments that come together beautifully. Not bad for a romance centered on a body-swap.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 12, 2017
    Finally making its way around the world, Your Name is a film that has been loved by the people of Japan back in 2016. After seeing this film on the big screen, I now see what all of the chatter was about. Not only is this film beautifully animated and one of the best stories to come from any Anime film in recent memory, but the emotional impact this film delivers in the third act is truly out of this world. You may or may not be able to get a chance to see this film at this point in time, but once this film is available to stream or purchase, I can't recommend this film enough, especially if you are a fan of this genre of filmmaking. Here is why I believe Your Name is a near-perfect film. Two separate people, living two separate lives, in two separate parts of the world, suddenly wake up in each other's body one morning. Randomly occurring over and over again, they learn to communicate with each other in cryptic ways. Feeling a sense of connection, they are determined to meet each other. Through a series of fun mishaps, sad realizations, and a punch-to-the-gut twist that alters the entire framework this film sets in motion throughout the first act, this familiar body-swap storyline is far more complex than what the initial plot synopsis/trailers have lead you to believe. The very essence of this film is about time and what it truly means. There are a few different ways of interpreting the conclusion of this film, and I personally found it fascinating. The fact that the conclusion can have a few different meanings, is also my one complain about this film. This film does an impeccable job at easing you into the complexity of its story. At first, this film is a loveable (and slightly perverted) comedic body-swap story. Not staying in that territory for long, a much deeper and touching story arises. Making viewers rethink the entire film, there are quite a few moments where I can see the audience becoming totally lost, not being able to fully grasp the emotional conclusion. While this is not a personal flaw I have with the film, it's definitely where I feel the dislikes will come from the people giving it negative reviews. If you are willing to think and be open for anything, I'm sure 90% of its audience will fall in love with its premise. Otherwise, the film just isn't for you. What a film needs to do in order to make its audience care about its characters by the final moments, is to make compelling cases as to why we need to care about them. Giving them perverted, shy, quirky, and thought-provoking characteristics all added up to two loveable on-screen animated characters that I found myself tearing up with by the final moments of Your Name. The meaning of the title gives even more depth to these two, shall I say star-crossed lovers? I can't elaborate on that without spoiling the finale, but lets just say you need to be wide awake to fully appreciate what this film goes for in the end. Overall, Your Name is a picture perfect representation of the best version a story like this can possibly be. With a pulse-pounding and endearing score all at once, this is a film that sucks you in and holds your attention, regardless if its moving fast or slow. The biggest flaw this film would have suffered from would have been a weak conclusion to a film that is otherwise filled with eons of questions. Giving you just enough in order to grasp the concept and then leaving certain elements open to interpretation, there isn't much to complain about here. Wonderfully animated, impeccably crafted in terms of storytelling, and having two of the most memorable Anime character on the big screen of my recent memory, Your Name met all of my expectations and then some. If you are a fan of this genre, I can't recommend this film enough.
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Apr 12, 2017
    Your Name manages to paint an insanely broad stroke of appeal without being convenient or contrive which is no small feat. Working as a highschool romance, escapist fantasy and a multilayered sci fi. It even utilizes cityboy smalltown girl archetypes to it's advantage. It actually starts off rather unimpressively with its seemingly arbitrary freaky-friday premise, lighthearted teen romanticism and arguably sexist overtones... but when it begins to find a dramatic stage the story quickly races into suspense as pieces of the puzzle fall into place. As with any Anime romance it clashes not once but twice with substantial melodramatic overtures but it's never a cheap feeling. Despite the protagonists almost lack of personality they feel real, even the supporting cast gets subtly fleshed out throughout the film. This masterful attention to detail in character portrayal makes a satisfactory end when the curtain closes. Shinkai really knows how to play on a demographic's longing for purpose. Taki and Mitsuha appear to go through much hardship but how awfully wonderful would it be to have your life's purpose defined for you in a supernatural event that leads to an extraordinary love?
    Drake T Super Reviewer

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