Kiki's Delivery Service
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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. With a shaky command of her broom, she ends up in a charming little coastal town that looks like a cross between the French provincial and San Francisco. Unfortunately, the local hotels have a strict "no witches" policy and the police have taken a dim view of her recent aerial mischief-making. She's saved from the street by a kindly baker's… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"[Miyazaki] revitalizes conventional tropes, using elegant imagery to say something substantial about growing up, and he even subverts gender stereotypes along the way."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"A wonderful and enchanting animated film about a 13-year-old girl's initiation into adulthood through her adventures in a strange city."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"An excellent alternative to much of the frenetic, princess-driven fare that seems to dominate the genre."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"One of the sweetest, most enticing animated features ever made, Kiki's Delivery Service's enchanting story and emotional core offer a perfect starting place for anyone keen to explore Hayao Miyazaki's back catalogue."
‑ , Film4
"Top-drawer kiddie fare for both fans of the exotic and mainstream family auds."
‑ Ken Eisner, Variety
"An endearing fantasy adventure from Japanese master-animator Hayao Miyazaki is given a quality Disney makeover in its English-language version."
‑ Tom Folley, Radio Times
"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."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"Miyazaki has found here the perfect balance between allegory and the actual."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
"Adorable. I loved it."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"...a visual swoon over the delights of flight."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"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."
‑ Andrew Osmond, Empire Magazine
"A fine, sincere piece of bittersweet delight."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"The animation is particularly fluid, especially in the scenes where Kiki flies over the city and along its streets."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"One of Miyazaki's most personable protagonists, a delightful cast of supporting characters, and a rambling, episodic story full of charming incident and irresistible imagery."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
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