Castle in the Sky
Castle in the Sky (1989)

A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 1, 1989
DVD Release Date: April 15, 2003
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Caryn James
New York Times

Liable to strain the patience of adults and the attention spans of children.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

An unexpectedly thrilling adventure from Hayao Miyazaki...

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

One of Japanese writer-director Hayao Miyazaki's best films.

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Richard Harrington
Washington Post

Frequently astounding.

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm buoyant as you'd expect from a movie largely set amidst the clouds.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A Star Wars-like animated feature about a legendary city behind the clouds and the many secrets it holds about nature, robots, light, and magic.

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Luis Fernando GalvŠn
En Filme

A story of adventures, with brushstrokes of classic fables and elements of steampunk science fiction. [Full review in Spanish]

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

If any film in [Studio Ghibli]'s filmography has inspired the works of Pixar, it's surely this one.

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Bill Gibron

Castle in the Sky is an...uplifting experience. It's the perfect place to view where Miyazaki has been and where he intends to go.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
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Christopher Heim
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Greg S
A girl who falls from the sky and an orphaned boy search for a legendary floating city while being chased by flying pirates and a secret airborne government… More
KJ Proulx
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Matthew Slaven
This is the first Miyazaki film I did not adore. I loved Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, and Ponyo, but this movie is weak in many… More