Liable to strain the patience of adults and the attention spans of children.
Caryn James - New York Times
Richard Harrington - Washington Post
One of Japanese writer-director Hayao Miyazaki's best films.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
A Star Wars-like animated feature about a legendary city behind the clouds and the many secrets it holds about nature, robots, light, and magic.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Castle in the Sky is an...uplifting experience. It's the perfect place to view where Miyazaki has been and where he intends to go.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Exciting, all-ages anime airborne fantasy epic.
Charles Cassady - Common Sense Media
Unusually detailed animation glides hand in hand with the film's aura of wonderment.
Robert Pardi - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Miyazaki's flying contraptions are a sight to behold, rivaled only by the film's epic sweep and nonstop parade of action set-pieces.
Dean Essner - Film4
It shows the master still learning, still discovering his pacing.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
I especially liked the designs of giant floating flying machines that seem taken straight out of 1920s science fiction magazine illustrations . . .
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Some of the action verges on the cartoonish, but Miyazaki's extraordinary realism in dealing with his characters is already evident in this fun adventure story.
Jurgen Fauth - About.com
Despite the nonstop action, some deeply meditative lessons lurk beneath.
Mark Robison - Reno Gazette-Journal
My favorite Miyazaki film
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Interesting for the Miyazaki scholar for sure but still feeling its way in terms of the connectivity and brilliance of Miyazaki's later plots.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Try to picture Terry Gilliam doing an animated Star Wars by way of Jules Verne.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City