Spirited Away
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Master animation director Hayao Miyazaki follows up on his record-breaking 1997 opus Princess Mononoke with this surreal Alice in Wonderland-like tale about a lost little girl. The film opens with ten-year-old Chihiro riding along during a family outing as her father races through remote country roads. When they come upon a blocked tunnel, her parents decide to have a look around -- even though Chihiro finds the place very creepy. When they pass through the tunnel, they discover an abandoned amusement park. As Chihiro's bad vibes continue, her parents discover an empty eatery that smells… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's an amazing work, filled with a visual intelligence that's meticulously composed and obscenely clever."
‑ Michael Agger, New Yorker
"Think you're too hip for Japanese anime about a lost ten-year-old girl whose parents turn into snorting pigs? Get over it."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"To watch Spirited Away feels like a special gift. It is a film of such startling imagination, originality, intelligence, and emotion that I feel inexplicable joy when the opening title card fades in."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"At times it's even vaguely reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz, only as if illustrated by Hieronymus Bosch. It's wonderful."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"Magnificent, spellbinding movie has a bit of edge."
‑ Liz Perle, Common Sense Media
"Spirited Away has much to say about many worthy things: the life of the spirit, materialist greed, the importance of words, the power of love."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Initially seems like a Through the Looking-Glass fantasy, but rapidly picks up a resonance, weight and complexity that make it all but Shakespearean."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Miyazaki's luminescent, gorgeously realized world is relatively safe for children, but it also acknowledges blood, pain, dread, and death in ways that other animated films wouldn't dare."
‑ Tasha Robinson, AV Club
"Director Hayao Miyazaki's insistence on hand-drawn graphics gives the CGI visuals an ethereal charm that ensures the story is always a pleasure to behold, even during its rare moments of inaction."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Full of riches, thematic and visual, and the best way to understand them is simply to watch the film and take it all in."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Enchanting and impressively crafted."
‑ Ted Shen, Chicago Reader
"Miyazaki's nonstop images are so stunning, and his imagination so vivid, that the only possible complaint you could have about Spirited Away is that there is no rest period, no timeout."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Anything but your regular 'toon, it's a (literally) fantastic experience."
‑ , Total Film
"...a gorgeously animated yet sporadically entertaining endeavor that isn't quite the instant classic one might've expected..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Spirited Away exalts the young girl Chihiro's uncanny experiences into an adventure that is as thrillingly ambiguous as it is vividly soundtracked and illustrated."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
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