Only Yesterday
Only Yesterday (2016)

It's 1982, and Taeko (Daisy Ridley) is 27 years old, unmarried, and has lived her whole life in Tokyo. She decides to visit her relatives in the countryside, and as the train travels through the night, memories flood back of her younger… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 26, 2016
DVD Release Date: July 5, 2016
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Consensus: Only Yesterday's long-delayed U.S. debut fills a frustrating gap for American Ghibli fans while offering further proof of the studio's incredibly consistent commitment to quality.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Calm, reflective, gorgeously uneventful.

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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

For those who like their anime unhurried, elegiac, and episodic.

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Benjamin Wang
Film Inquiry

Only Yesterday is easily among Studio Ghibli's very best work.

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Tal Rosenberg
Chicago Reader

Half coming-of-age story, half adult drama, the film demonstrates Takahata's belief that animation need not be limited to children's fantasy.

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Brad Wheeler
Globe and Mail

The animation is marked by a simple sort of elegance; the story lucidly and lyrically moves back and forth from 1982 to 1966 ...

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Kevin Harley
Total Film

This rare gem is ripe for rediscovery.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

The animation isn't showy, but it's beautiful, providing clear delineations between Taeko's past and present. The attention to detail is fantastic. But the story is what sets the film apart.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

The story of a young woman who moves back and forth between childhood memories and the dilemmas of her current life, "Only Yesterday" is a realistic, personal story made universal in a delicate way.

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Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire

With Studio Ghibli in an indefinite haitus, we must cherish their beloved films, and this is one of the very best.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Christopher Heim
'Grave of the Fireflies' Isao Takahata's second Ghibli feature is very different from the usual magical world, talking animals, and playful… More
Ian Walker
Bueatifully animated and just wonderful to watch. This is a great movie about child reminisces during your adult years and how time can literally just pass us… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
A cultured and sophisticated Japanese animation by Isao Takahata for adults, Only Yesterday passionately reminisces adolescence that gradually motivated a… More
Marcus Woolcott
Having been bowled over by Grave Of The Fireflies, I was looking forward to this, and it really didn't work for me. It's not bad, but there is such a… More
Dead Angel
One thing I liked a lot about this movie is it's not similar with other movies of Studio Ghibli. Glad to see a different story. Now this is one of those… More
Ivan Descartin
"Only Yesterday" is an animated film unlike any other, there were no exaggerated characters or unbelievable storylines, here, we are asked to observe… More

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