Ponyo Reviews

  • Don't tell Walt Disney, but Hayao Miyazaki 
really holds the keys to the magic kingdom.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • When the ocean rises in this wonderful movie, each leaping wave stares out at us with a baleful eye as if in watchful and worried wait.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • An arresting work from an unmistakable film-making personality.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • With its ever-shifting world and palpable sense of magic, Ponyo captures the wonder of being a child.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Ponyo isn't Hayao Miyazaki's greatest film, but his beautiful, quirky fable has magic other children's movies can't touch.

    Dan Kois — Washington Post

  • Nothing in the great animation of a Miyazaki movie stays cute for long. Not the ocean, not the trees, not the critters that live in them. Change is constant but rarely natural.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • It's a movie for anyone who, like Miyazaki himself, can still happily commune with his inner five-year-old.

    Scott Foundas — Village Voice

  • Trippy in the right way, and wholly enchanting.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • If the plot of Ponyo is small as a minnow, its themes -- the relationship between parent and child, between the young and the elderly, between friends, between man and nature -- are large and fully realized.

    Joanne Kaufman — Wall Street Journal

  • A bright tale of wonder and connection, Ponyo is a reminder that a G rating needn't be a "little kid" designation.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • When Miyazaki makes films that decry the threat to the natural world, every molecule onscreen resonates with that belief -- a belief that dissolves the boundaries between form and content.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • This poetic, visually breathtaking work by the greatest of all animators has such deep charm that adults and children will both be touched. It's wonderful and never even seems to try: It unfolds fantastically.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • One of the anime master's weaker efforts.

    Andrea Gronvall — Chicago Reader

  • You watch a Miyazaki film with the pie-eyed, gape-mouthed awe of a child being read the most fantastic story and suddenly transported to places previously beyond the limits of imagination. It's quite a trip.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Ponyo possesses an almost demonic childish energy and a delight in form stronger than reason or narrative.

    Ronnie Scheib — Variety

  • This exquisite pastel-colored, eye-popping example of hand-drawn animation is still very Japanese, aimed most specifically at children around the world -- but with a storytelling sophistication that adults will savor.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • Charming, amusing and firmly anchored in a child's point of view, this movie from the master animator of Spirited Away makes a great introduction to that acquired-taste style of filmmaking.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • It's a wonderful place that Miyazaki creates, an alternatively sweet and savage world that defies physics and common sense, as imaginative and impossible in its own way as Jules Verne's sci-fi fantasies or Maurice Sendak's animal kingdom.

    Greg Quill — Toronto Star

  • Bliss Made Simple: Hayao Miyazaki's shimmering 'Ponyo' ('Gake no Ue no Ponyo')

    Joe Baltake — Passionate Moviegoer

  • It's very much a charming kids' film, created by a master of animation.

    Alan Niester — Globe and Mail

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