“Mix Elements From Final Fantasy With The Adventure Tone Of Indiana Jones And You Get Castle In The Sky.”
“The Indiana Jones Of Anime”
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