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

"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."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"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
"Spirited Away is a masterwork, the latest and best in a long line from Japan's premieranimator."
‑ Mark Schilling, Screen International
"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
"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."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"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
"Watching the Japanese cartoon epic Spirited Away is like strolling into Alice's Wonderland and seeing every wonder sprout up around you as if for the first time."
‑ Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"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
"It's an amazing work, filled with a visual intelligence that's meticulously composed and obscenely clever."
‑ Michael Agger, New Yorker
"Enchanting and impressively crafted."
‑ Ted Shen, Chicago Reader
"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
"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
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