From Up On Poppy Hill
From Up On Poppy Hill (2013)

The setting is Yokohama in 1963, and the filmmakers lovingly bring to life the bustling seaside town, with its misty harbor, sun-drenched gardens, shops and markets, and some of the most mouthwatering Japanese home-cooking set to film. The… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 15, 2013
DVD Release Date: September 3, 2013
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Gentle and nostalgic, From Up on Poppy Hill is one of Studio Ghibli's sweeter efforts -- and if it doesn't push the boundaries of the genre, it remains as engagingly lovely as Ghibli fans have come to expect.

Catherine Bray
Time Out

The gorgeous score and subtle visual craft save this entry in the Ghibli canon from mediocrity. But given what the studio is capable of, it's not everything fans will be hoping for.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

In the wisdom of this artfully rendered film, Umi and Shun - and the viewer - come to learn that the past and the future should go hand in hand, that the best way to move forward is to reflect, and respect, what came before.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

The atmosphere is so potent, so rich and distinct that it overshadows the meagerness of the story which is really little more than a kitschy soap opera.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

A departure for Studio Ghibli - an emotionally nuanced, nostalgic look at the past that is grounded in everyday reality but retains the humor and delight that are part of the studio's trademark.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

The story of a girl grappling with first love, the absence of her parents and the anxieties of an on-rushing future in 1963 Yokohama has all the earmarks of a Miyazaki classic.

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

A rather mediocre film...And yet, even with all of its faults, I still find myself oddly swept up in its familial drama.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Goro Miyazaki has a style that's both more painterly and more cinematic than the cartoonish norm, while his father's screenplay is a classic coming-of-age story that seems suited for a live-action remake.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

The film's perfectly fine, but it's not a patch on "Spirited Away," "My Neighbor Totoro," "Princess Mononoke," and other Studio Ghibli classics.

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Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire

If this Ghibli creation is smaller in scale than many of the company's films, it certainly doesn't lack for heart or soul. I was swept away in it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
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