Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime)
Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999)

Directed by renowned animator Hayao Miyazaki, this anime has broken a number of box office records in its native Japan. Essentially a statement on the ecological devastation brought on by human advancement, the story follows the battle… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 7, 1999
DVD Release Date: December 19, 2000
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With its epic story and breathtaking visuals, Princess Mononoke is a landmark in the world of animation.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

[Miyazaki's] visually brilliant, thematically rich fable isn't just an ambitious cartoon; it's an epic, hand-drawn in pen and ink.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

Miyazaki's hordes of animators haven't penetrated beyond the skin; the moving creatures feel inarticulate and jerky, almost weightless, particularly when played against painterly background mattes.

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Christian Villagomez
Film Threat

A spellbinding epic with great characters, visuals and pathos.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

Done mostly in the style of hand-painted classic animation, with occasional digital assists, "Princess Mononoke is indeed a thing of beauty and imagination.

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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly

The film's strength lies in its refusal to paint either its arguments or its characters in black and white: There are no pure heroes, no clear-cut villains and no pat answers.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It's one of Ghibli and Miyazaki's many animated masterpieces.

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David Denby
New Yorker

This handsome, beautifully designed Japanese animated film has the size -- though not the clarity -- of a great Japanese film epic.

Melanie McFarland
Seattle Times

Beautifully constructed and painstakingly written, this is about as close to a perfect animated epic as you're likely to get.

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

Princess Mononoke's greatest feat is in crafting a story that could've been so easily simple, but manages to be more morally complex than even the most epic live-action films.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos MagalhŃes
Miyazaki returns to the ecological message that he explored in Nausicań and elevates it to an epic level with this splendid story of man vs. nature, and more… More
danny d
i am a big fan of miyazaki, and i think this may be my favorite of all his films. really this is one of the best animated films i have ever seen. the oddities… More
JY Skacto
Hayao Miyazaki's <i>Princess Mononoke</i> lays out the gods and the demons.<p>There is an interesting story to tell and it does have a… More
Directors Cat
Princess Mononoke is one of the most legendary examples of how captivating and magical animation can be. It wouldn't have had the same emotional impact if… More
Christopher Heim
A much more action-oriented Hayao Miyazaki film that boasts intoxicating animation that beautifully combines traditional with computer-generated and a suitably… More
Drake Tsui
So chalk full of allegory, symbolism, classical Shakespearean ideas and traditional themes of human vs nature that it doesn't seem to fall short of a… More