Kiki's Delivery Service
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

Veteran animator Hayao Miyazaki directs this buoyant children's adventure yarn about a young witch striking out on her own. At her mother's behest, 13-year-old Kiki sets out on a year-long apprenticeship with her black cat in tow.… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: April 15, 2003
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Kiki's Delivery Service is a heartwarming, gorgeously-rendered tale of a young witch discovering her place in the world.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The characters are gently and warmly rendered, and a climactic action sequence involving an unmoored dirigible hints at the stately grandiosity of Miyazaki's masterpiece Howl's Moving Castle.

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Josh Larsen

...a visual swoon over the delights of flight.

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Andrew Osmond
Empire Magazine

A terrific alternative to the diabetic's nightmare that is most of Disney's output, Kiki's Delivery Service takes pride of place in Miyazaki's exceptional body of work.

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Ken Eisner

Top-drawer kiddie fare for both fans of the exotic and mainstream family auds.

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

[Miyazaki] revitalizes conventional tropes, using elegant imagery to say something substantial about growing up, and he even subverts gender stereotypes along the way.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A wonderful and enchanting animated film about a 13-year-old girl's initiation into adulthood through her adventures in a strange city.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

The film's status as a top-tier animated endeavor is baffling, to say the least, and it's ultimately difficult not to wonder what its ardent followers have embraced so passionately over the years.

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Tom Folley
Radio Times

An endearing fantasy adventure from Japanese master-animator Hayao Miyazaki is given a quality Disney makeover in its English-language version.

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Sean Axmaker

The magic of Kiki is the girl's sense of wonder in her new world, whether it's her soaring flight among the migrating geese or a bicycle ride... to see the dirigible.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
An average film by Miyazaki that doesn't develop so well its many elements into a cohesive narrative as it should - like the character's sudden loss… More
Michael S
The first film by Hayao Miyazaki that I saw. It's still his most purely enjoyable film and features one of his best heroines.
Christopher Heim
Another Miyazaki classic. Who knew the day-to-day exploits of Kiki could be personal yet so epic. Kiki is one of Miyazaki's greatest characters and the… More
Michael Edwards
Its cute, entertaining, beautifully animated, and perfect for the entire film. Kirsten Dunst does a great job in her first film as Kiki, and Phil Hartman does a… More
danny d
even in the fantastical miyazaki gives us a realistic female character, something more true to life and down to earth than the princesses we normally get from… More
Candy Rose
Japanese anime about a girl called Kiki, who is 13 years old and needs to find her way as a witch. Her only skill is flying so she sets up a delivery service.… More