Mary and The Witch's Flower
Mary and The Witch's Flower (2018)

From Academy Award (R)-nominee Hiromasa Yonebayashi - animator on Studio Ghibli masterpieces Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, and Ponyo, and director of When Marnie Was There and The Secret World of Arrietty - comes a dazzling new… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 19, 2018
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Mary and the Witch's Flower honors its creator's Studio Ghibli roots with a gentle, beautifully animated story whose simplicity is rounded out by its entrancing visuals.

David Ehrlich

With Mary and the Witch's Flower, [Studio Ponoc has] come both too close and not close enough, resulting in an adventure that can never climb out of the uncanny valley it digs for itself.

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Bilge Ebiri
Village Voice

What Mary and the Witch's Flower lacks in dimensionality, it makes up for in wonderment.

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Keith Phipps

The setting and premise allow Studio Ponoc to show what it can do.

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Andrew Lapin

It shows tremendous promise, even if the movie exists so obviously at the mercy of its influences, and Yonebayashi at his.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

The spell Mr. Yonebayashi casts is effective, but also ephemeral. It's minor magic.

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William Bibbiani
IGN Movies

The familiar story and underdeveloped characters aren't nearly as magical as the animation, but there's still a lot to enjoy in Mary and the Witch's Flower, even if it's not Hiromasa Yonebayashi's best.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

A gentle, sweet story, told with painterly artistry.

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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club

A gently refreshing change from the hectic plasticity that now dominates Hollywood computer animation, and even from most other anime.

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Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

As the story moves into familiar territory ... Mary and the Witch's Flower doesn't lose its sense of wonder ... What it does lose is its sense of discovery...

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