My Neighbor Totoro
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

This superbly animated children's tale is directed by Hayao Miyazaki, one of Japan's most beloved animators. The story follows Satsuke and Mei, two young girls who find that their new country home is in a mystical forest inhabited… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: January 1, 1988
DVD Release Date: March 7, 2006
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: My Neighbor Totoro is a heartwarming, sentimental masterpiece that captures the simple grace of childhood.

Charles Solomon
Los Angeles Times

Despite these limits, My Neighbor Totoro is a gentle and affirming film.

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Sam Adams
AV Club

The world the characters inhabit is less expressionist than impressionist, blessed with a delicate evocation of natural light and color that subtly incorporates Miyazaki's environmentalism.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

As simply as we can put it, My Neighbor Totoro is a masterpiece of children's animation. There's no one we wouldn't recommend it to.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Miyazaki's appreciation of miraculous possibilities and childhood visions is what drives Totoro.

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Leonard Klady

Obviously aimed at an international audience, the film evinces a disorienting combination of cultures that produces a nowhere land more confused than fascinating.

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Metro (UK)

A beautifully observed study of childhood that's unmissable, whatever your age.

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Ted Shen
Chicago Reader

Sheer enchantment.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

The lack of sentimentality will be utterly refreshing to those raised on a diet of Disney.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

It is as much a portrait of a time and place as it is the story of two sisters. Mei and Satsuki, like real kids, are sometimes infuriating, stubborn, and then in the next moment lovable.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Christopher Heim
The film that launched legendary animation director Hayao Miyazaki on the road to success and there's a reason why: it is simply a delightful masterpiece… More
Julie B
Not usually the biggest Miyazaki fan, but maybe I just needed to try out one of his kid movies. I could actually figure out what was going on in this one, and… More
Letitia Lew
No plot and a little slow, but super cute and fun.
Greg S
Two young girls befriend a forest spirit who lives in a tree near their country house. This early Hayao Miyazaki wonder has little conflict, suspense, or… More
Carlos Magalhães
An enchanting movie for children, so beautiful in its wonderful simplicity, innocence and sweetness that it feels like almost impossible not to be touched by… More
danny d
definitely one of miyazaki's best films, and one of my favorite animated films of all time. the story is so simple, yet so profound in terms of the… More