Howl's Moving Castle
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Hayao Miyazaki, the Japanese animation director who wowed audiences worldwide with his award-winning film Spirited Away, brings another visually spectacular tale of imagination to the screen. Sophie is an 18-year-old girl who toils in the hat shop opened years ago by her late father. Often harassed by local boys, one day Sophie is unexpectedly befriended by Howl, a strange but flamboyant wizard whose large home can travel under its own power. However, the Witch of the Waste is displeased with Sophie and Howl's budding friendship, and turns the pretty young woman into an ugly and aged hag.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What you get, above all, is some enchanting flashes of classic Miyazaki and the nagging sense that something essential is missing."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"A richly inventive and enchanting delight."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Despite the muddy narrative... It's the more intimate character relationships that ultimately make Howl's Moving Castle work as a whole."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"The story grows more complicated (sometimes too much so) but the heart, humor and luscious, mostly hand-drawn animation remain constant."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"The incredible imagination of Spirited Away director Hayao Miyazaki runs wild once again in this delightful animated adventure."
‑ Sloan Freer, Radio Times
"What a moveable feast of delights."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"A stunning example of a pure, disorienting dream logic that cinema provides all too rarely."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Although his latest film, Howl's Moving Castle, features astonishing imagery, it's a less complete package than Spirited Away or its predecessor, Princess Mononoke."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Howl's Moving Castle is a visually wondrous, invigorating work of breathless invention and grandiosity, full of hushed pastoral glens, zeppelin blitzkriegs, whimsical machines, and blobs that wear straw hats. And it's not Miyazaki's finest."
‑ Christopher Borrelli, Toledo Blade
"A handsome fantasy movie with only a nod in the direction of the rich, all-encompassing humanity and emotionality of Miyazaki's greatest work."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A strange delight awash in visual splendor, understated humor and clever body-and-soul transmogrifications among its bonny band of weirdos."
‑ David Germain, Associated Press
"Palaces and shimmering lakes, warplanes and fire sprites all come to life at the breath of Miyazaki's graphic genius."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Prepare to be dazzled: Hayao Miyazaki is back."
‑ , Total Film
"By turns funny, exhilarating and touching, it lacks only one thing: the spiritual and metaphysical depth that made Spirited Away such a haunting experience."
‑ Lee Marshall, Screen International
"Howl's Moving Castle is a perfect epitome of Miyazaki's work, in all its strengths and weaknesses: it's filled with heart-felt themes...but how these elements connect on a plot level is subjugated to how beautifully they are rendered on screen."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
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