Kiki's Delivery Service
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

Veteran animator Hayao Miyazaki directs this buoyant children's adventure yarn about a young witch striking out on her own. At her mother's behest, 13-year-old Kiki sets out on a year-long apprenticeship with her black cat in tow.… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: July 29, 1989
DVD Release Date: April 15, 2003
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Kiki's Delivery Service is a heartwarming, gorgeously-rendered tale of a young witch discovering her place in the world.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Miyazaki's giddy, glorious seaside story about a budding young witch and her sarcastic cat.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

Kiki is at that difficult age where she teeters constantly brazen overconfidence and frustrating self-doubt. It's an age that many parents fear, but it's handled gracefully in Kiki's Delivery Service.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

The film's status as a top-tier animated endeavor is baffling, to say the least, and it's ultimately difficult not to wonder what its ardent followers have embraced so passionately over the years.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The characters are gently and warmly rendered, and a climactic action sequence involving an unmoored dirigible hints at the stately grandiosity of Miyazaki's masterpiece Howl's Moving Castle.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Repeated viewings will only add to the pleasure -- and rest assured, there were probably be many of those.

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Josh Larsen

...a visual swoon over the delights of flight.

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Ken Eisner

Top-drawer kiddie fare for both fans of the exotic and mainstream family auds.

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Steve Rose

The film becomes a benign guided tour of femininity ... gently broaching universal coming-of-age issues such as independence, insecurity, and even - more boldly than any Western children's movie would contemplate - sexuality.

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

[Miyazaki] revitalizes conventional tropes, using elegant imagery to say something substantial about growing up, and he even subverts gender stereotypes along the way.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
An average Miyazaki film that doesn't develop so well its many elements into a cohesive narrative as it should - like for example the character's… More
Michael Edwards
Its cute, entertaining, beautifully animated, and perfect for the entire film. Kirsten Dunst does a great job in her first film as Kiki, and Phil Hartman does a… More
danny d
even in the fantastical miyazaki gives us a realistic female character, something more true to life and down to earth than the princesses we normally get from… More
Candy Rose
Japanese anime about a girl called Kiki, who is 13 years old and needs to find her way as a witch. Her only skill is flying so she sets up a delivery service.… More
Michael S
The first film by Hayao Miyazaki that I saw. It's still his most purely enjoyable film and features one of his best heroines.
Dead Angel
I liked this movie. If it was longer, I wouldn't be bored at all.