Whisper of the Heart (Mimi wo sumaseba) (If You Listen Closely)
Whisper of the Heart (Mimi wo sumaseba) (If You Listen Closely) (2006)

Written by animation master Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his protégé Yoshifumi Kondo, this film is a simple tale about a young girl who falls in love and learns to believe in herself. Suzuku Tsukishima is nearing the end of her final year… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 19, 2006
DVD Release Date: March 7, 2006
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

Like its characters, the film's horizons expand further as it progresses, creating an all-encompassing portrait of childhood dreams & the sacrifices we make to commit to them.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Will translate more towards girls than boys in the long run...

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Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Sweet and well-observed, Whisper is about self-discovery and little else

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)

This urban film cuts deep into an aspiring artist's innermost doubts. It's also about what Kondō knew well: apprenticeship, patient dedication to craft and nurturing friendship with other artists.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid


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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

I just didn't connect with the characters as I could have

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Perhaps the most unadulterated coming-of-age story in Ghibli's canon... a film of truly excellent observation.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Shame how John Denver appears at regular intervals to remind us of how peculiar a beast cultural diffusion can be.

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Shane Burridge

Will easily capture the hearts of those who are both romantics and animation buffs

Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Christopher Heim
Do not be fooled by the film's teen-romance premise, this near classic effort from Studio Ghibli is far from the trite, superficial, and corny-dialogued… More
Dean McKenna
Wonderfully Studio Ghibi of the animated drama story about a schoolgirl. With its wonderful marriage of dreamlike flights of fancy and touching rise of passage,… More
Greg S
A young teenage girl searches for her first love---the guy who checked out all the same books from the library she did---while trying to find her voice as a… More
Stella Dallas
it's a super sweet story and i'm a sucker for studio ghibli. your enjoyment may depend on your tolerance for john denver's country roads.
Dead Angel
This was a cute movie :)
Lanning : )
(<i>Mimi wo sumaseba</i>) Perhaps the most "normal" screenplay from Miyazaki, this story hits one of my favorite topics: movies about art… More