Howl's Moving Castle
Howl's Moving Castle (2005)

Hayao Miyazaki, the Japanese animation director who wowed audiences worldwide with his award-winning film Spirited Away, brings another visually spectacular tale of imagination to the screen. Sophie is an 18-year-old girl who toils in the… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 17, 2005
DVD Release Date: March 7, 2006
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Exquisitely illustrated by master animator Miyazaki, Howl's Moving Castle will delight children with its fantastical story and touch the hearts and minds of older viewers as well.

Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

What you get, above all, is some enchanting flashes of classic Miyazaki and the nagging sense that something essential is missing.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

A richly inventive and enchanting delight.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

[Miyazaki] may have made better films than Howl's Moving Castle, but it still exhibits his amazing imagination and astonishing detail.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

What a moveable feast of delights.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

A stunning example of a pure, disorienting dream logic that cinema provides all too rarely.

Philip French
Observer (UK)

There is little of the magic and Japanese flavour of such Miyazaki masterpieces as Spirited Away.

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David Germain
Associated Press

A strange delight awash in visual splendor, understated humor and clever body-and-soul transmogrifications among its bonny band of weirdos.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Palaces and shimmering lakes, warplanes and fire sprites all come to life at the breath of Miyazaki's graphic genius.

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John Lyttle
New Statesman

Howl's Moving Castle is Japanese and anime, and therefore automatically more artistic than its US counterparts. The right cultural cachet gives you a lot of leeway.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
More imaginative than a barrel of monkeys, the story here is secondary to the execution, and the story is better than most by far. A fairytale, yes, but for… More
danny d
the film is wonderful. the characters are engaging, the animation stunning, and the story so unique. i loved the castle, although i would have loved to see… More
Carlos Magalh„es
While the plot may seem a bit derivative (as well as the score and the characterizations) when compared to Miyazaki's greater works, this captivating… More
Greg S
In a magical steampunk kingdom, a witch turns a girl into an old woman; a wizard embroiled in a war and a fire demon hold the key to returning to herself. This… More
Christopher Heim
Probably Miyazaki's weakest film, but still plenty of good stuff to offer. Once again (it's almost a given at this point) the animation is absolutely… More
Jeremy Smith
After viewing Spirited Away, I am willing to see anything else he comes up with