The Secret World of Arrietty
The Secret World of Arrietty (2012)

Arrietty (Bridgit Mendler), a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents (Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (Carol Burnett). Like all little… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: February 17, 2012
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2012
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Visually lush, refreshingly free of family-friendly clatter, and anchored with soulful depth, The Secret World of Arrietty lives up to Studio Ghibli's reputation.

David Elliott
San Diego Reader

It's very pretty (plus a song that is like a gumdrop melting in your ear). Girls may enjoy the sweet, rather wistful story more than most boys.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

The Secret World of Arrietty is a marvelously captivating animated feature about very tiny people and the full-scale world they inhabit.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

Studio Ghibli's adaptation of Arrietty's tale feels oddly traditional.

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Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter

The fresh and simple story will win its share of young fans, though it lacks the disturbing adult elements might have attracted older audiences.

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Ian Buckwalter
The Atlantic

Yonebayashi gives Arrietty an excellent sense of balance, with the adventure aspects of the story, which feel legitimately dangerous providing well-paced contrast the film's more placid moments.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Although conceived and written by [Hayao] Miyazaki, the film was actually directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, and the inimitable magic of the earlier films isn't quite there.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

[The film] pulses with feeling for childhood and nature and develops a surprising amount of suspense considering it takes place around a single suburban home.

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Rafer Guzman

It's an enjoyable and attractive-looking film, but a little of that "Speed Racer" energy wouldn't have been such a bad thing.

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Devon Ashby

Arrietty combines the bold, mature qualities of prior Ghibli fantasy outings like Spirited Away and Nausicaa with the droll humor of My Neighbor Totoro, resulting in a movie that is simultaneously thrilling and whimsically adorable.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
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Reid Volk
While not entirely a Miyazaki film, he is only credited as the co-writer here, it definitely carries some of his signature themes and would nestle up well with… More
Candy Rose
Japanese version of the Borrowers.
Christopher Heim
Tender sweet story, engaging characters, gracefully paced, harmonious score, and gorgeous animation. Another quality effort from Studio Ghibli.
Michael Edwards
The stories of the little people was originally conceived in the book series "The Borrowers" about a group of tiny people who would "Borrow"… More
Dead Angel
Studio Gibli always makes the best animation.

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