Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) Reviews

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October 2, 2018
Plot hiccups aside, it's a visually impressive experience with endearing characters and a unique story.
Top Critic
April 7, 2017
It's both gorgeous enough and emotionally engaging enough to be worth seeking out.
April 7, 2017
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
You may have to fortify your illogicality tolerance when viewing the anime adventure "Your Name." But this body-swap romance by the exciting and talented filmmaker Makoto Shinkai is nonetheless exquisite, beautiful and entertaining.
April 7, 2017
With its balance of grounded emotion and wondrous escapism, Your Name should firmly establish Shinkai as an auteur to follow for many years to come.
April 7, 2017
This concept could be used for stock shenanigans worthy of a John Green novel, but Shinkai unleashes a twist early on so clever and cerebral that J.J. Abrams and Christopher Nolan will kick themselves for not thinking of it first.
April 6, 2017
It's thoroughly charming and gently comic and, if Mr. Shinkai finally plays it safe about what it means for an adolescent boy and girl to trade bodies and lightly toy with gender, he complicates the story in other ways.
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April 6, 2017
Your Name is a stirring tale of rescue with a boisterous edge of YA mischief. It's also a love story with a swoony romantic affinity for the age-old tussle between chance and fate.
April 6, 2017
"Your Name" is still highly watchable, even when this mystical Young Adult love story cloys - or confounds.
April 6, 2017
The movie's spirit is by turns energetic and serene, impetuous and wise, its wild shifts from comedy to tragedy to romance revealing themselves not as tonal swings so much as variations in a larger cosmic pattern.
April 6, 2017
It's only barely a romance, bypassing much of that familiar territory to explore something much more intimate and strange.
April 6, 2017
A beautiful, captivating piece of work that gets off to kind of a rocky start but achieves remarkable momentum toward an emotional, powerful ending.
April 6, 2017
The way Masashi depicts wind blowing through grass or a falling star illuminating the sky makes any dream, however convoluted, seem real.
April 5, 2017
As pleasing as some aspects of "Your Name" can be, there's no question Shinkai's overstuffed movie often trips over itself.
April 5, 2017
One can see the influence of Hiyao Miyazaki here - this is way more "Spirited Away" than "Ghost in the Shell" - but Shinkai also goes off into his own, weird direction.
April 4, 2017
Your Name is the most beautiful anime since Patema Inverted, with which it shares themes about the difficulties of personal connections as represented by inexplicable cosmic phenomena.
December 22, 2016
Makoto Shinkai's anime stunner deserves its unexpected Oscar buzz.
November 20, 2016
Shinkai is one to watch but doesn't quite yet deserve to be a household name.
November 18, 2016
At least it's ambitious, even if it doesn't quite nail it on the cogent entertainment front.
November 17, 2016
Body-swap movies such as Freaky Friday always make for good comedy, but Your Name, a gorgeous young-adult animation from Japan, takes the concept into more delicate, dreamlike territory.
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