Spirited Away
Spirited Away (2001)

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… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 15, 2003
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Spirited Away is a dazzling, enchanting, and gorgeously drawn fairy tale that will leave viewers a little more curious and fascinated by the world around them.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Artful but not arty, Spirited Away is a handcrafted cartoon, as personal as an Utamaro painting, yet its breadth and heart give it an appeal that should touch American viewers of all ages.

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Tasha Robinson
AV Club

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.

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Anthony Quinn
Independent

Knock me down with a feather, it turns out to be terrific; maybe not a masterpiece, but certainly aglitter with invention, excitement and a mysterious kind of wit.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

The result is nothing less than magical, a throwback to the very best of early Disney. If I can't remember the last time I was this enchanted by an animated film, it's because I was too young.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

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.

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Neil Norman
This is London

Vivid, amusing and genuinely awe-inspiring.

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Michael Agger
New Yorker

It's an amazing work, filled with a visual intelligence that's meticulously composed and obscenely clever.

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Ted Shen
Chicago Reader

Enchanting and impressively crafted.

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David Stratton
sbs.com.au

Writer-director Hayao Miyazaki, who previously made the impressive Princess Mononoke, has created a wonderfully bizarre world filled with a gallery of creepy, and some not so-creepy, characters.

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Flixster Audience Score: 96% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
A sprawling epic concerning a young girl and her parents who stumble upon a mysterious ghost town while moving to another city. When he parents are turned into… More
Carlos Magalh„es
A remarkably innovative and extremely bizarre version of Alice in Wonderland that may even be too somber for smaller children while more fascinating to adults,… More
Adriel Lim
A stirring and memorable adventure of poetry, color, tones and narrative all in the vividness of animation.
Mark Walker
Having co-founded Studio Ghibli in 1985 and directed 11 films himself, the highly unique animator Hayao Miyazaki has announced his retirement. The forthcoming… More
xGary Xx
A young girl is transported to a magical kingdom populated with dragons, spirits and monsters where she must break the spell of its witch-like ruler to rescue… More
Christopher Heim
Hayao Miyazaki's take on the 'Alice in Wonderland' concept is another bizarre but charmingly enchanting classic that went on to become one of the… More

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