My Neighbor Totoro
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This superbly animated children's tale is directed by Hayao Miyazaki, one of Japan's most beloved animators. The story follows Satsuke and Mei, two young girls who find that their new country home is in a mystical forest inhabited by a menagerie of mystical creatures called Totoros. They befriend O Totoro, the biggest and eldest Totoro, who is also the king of the forest. As their girls' mother lies sick in the hospital, O Totoro brings the sisters on a magical adventure but also helps them to understand the realities of life. Like most films released by Miyazaki's Studio… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Obviously aimed at an international audience, the film evinces a disorienting combination of cultures that produces a nowhere land more confused than fascinating."
‑ Leonard Klady, Variety
"Here is a children's film made for the world we should live in, rather than the one we occupy."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Not as complex or tense as Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki's masterpiece, released 13 years later). Still, few things are."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"Perfect. Simple as."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"As a hangout movie for kids, My Neighbor Totoro pleases with its easygoing pace, curiosity about the natural world, and sweet spirit."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"The lack of sentimentality will be utterly refreshing to those raised on a diet of Disney."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"A film that crosses generations and cultural barriers: watching it, it's hard not to feel like a kid again."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"Despite the cuteness, there's little in the way of icky sentiment - indeed the spectre of death hangs over the story - but it's a captivating world you won't want to come home from."
‑ Steve Rose, Guardian [UK]
"An otherworldly tale of childhood and a definitive work of imagination."
‑ Dan Jolin, Empire Magazine
"One of the best animated films ever made for families: it celebrates feminine sensitivity, the importance of the spirit world, respect for nature, and the pre-eminence of the spiritual practice of kindness."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Too much of the film...is taken up with stiff, mechanical chitchat."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A beautifully observed film that has become a guaranteed charmer for all ages."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"The world the characters inhabit is less expressionist than impressionist, blessed with a delicate evocation of natural light and color that subtly incorporates Miyazaki's environmentalism."
‑ Sam Adams, AV Club
"With the finest rhythm of any Ghibli film, this masterwork gently see-saws the faint aches of youth with utter trust in the wonder of a nature-inspired imagination. In lulling, Ozu-like moments, the landscape twinkles in its beauty, like the film itself."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"While the fantasy and whimsy captures the playful imagination of children, a powerful undercurrent of emotional crisis grounds their experience..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seanax.com
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