Howl's Moving Castle : Critic Reviews

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Michael Atkinson Village Voice
An organic, childlike wonder, fabulously unpredictable and seethingly inventive.
David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor
You run across animation this ingenious about as often as a moving castle comes your way.
Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly
The worldview, the sense of childlike fun shaded with adult melancholy, and the joyful, serene attention to visual oddity and wordless beauty could only be made in Japan. And, specifically, made by Hayao Miyazaki.
Richard Corliss Time
The perfect e-ticket for a flight of fancy into a world far more gorgeous than our own. The film doesn't halve itself to appeal to two generations. At its best, it turns all moviegoers into innocent kids, slack-jawed with wonder.
Ella Taylor L.A. Weekly
Another soulful gem from the peerless Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki.
Dana Stevens The New York Times
Sophie, in both her incarnations, joins an impressive sisterhood of Miyazaki heroines, whose version of girl power presents a potent alternative to the mini-machismo that dominates American juvenile entertainment. Not that children are the only viewers likely to be haunted and beguiled by Howl's Moving Castle - all that is needed are open eyes and an open heart.
David Rooney Variety
The tireless volley of ideas and inventions make this a delight that should connect with kids and adults in both dubbed and original-language versions.
Tasha Robinson The A.V. Club
Miyazaki's animated adaptation of Jones' book is a charming and thoroughly absorbing treat.
Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer
It is almost inevitable that Miyazaki, often compared to C.S. Lewis and J.K. Rowling, should have found in Diana Wynne Jones a kindred spirit.
Richard James Havis The Hollywood Reporter
Consequently, though it's difficult to work out what's going on, it's never boring.

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