A windswept pinnacle of its art, Princess Mononoke has the effect of making the average Disney film look like just another toy story.
Ty Burr - Entertainment Weekly
This intricate, epic fable is amazing to behold.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
The story has simplicity and force, with captivating images and gutsy narrative ideas recalling Kipling, Ovid and Homer.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Miyazaki portrays nature with a breathtaking touch.
Andy Seiler - USA Today
Epic, mythic, simply terrific, Princess Mononoke brings a new kind of animation experience to the American moviegoing mainstream.
Jay Carr - Boston Globe
Princess Mononoke is a complex, superbly rendered, and wildly eccentric anime.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
It's just right for the 9-year-old looking to while away a long afternoon in escapist storytelling.
Michael Booth - Denver Post
Utilizing traditional hand-drawn cels and some computer-generated imagery, Miyazaki brings out the animism in this emerald vision and gives it a spaciousness rarely found even in live-action epics.
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
Hayao Miyazaki has created a world simply unlike any you've seen.
Mark Caro - Chicago Tribune
Even when animals speak, lip sync is avoided; they seem to be communicating almost telepathically, and one seldom feels that they're contradicting their animal natures.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Brooding, occasionally bloody and often abstract, it explores animation's dramatic potential in wonderous ways.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
Hayao Miyazaki's exceedingly imaginative, beautifully realized animated epic adventure has been adapted into English with tact and talent...
Todd McCarthy - Variety
A haunting, beautiful film that holds your attention despite its length and its complex plot.
Jonathan Foreman - New York Post
It's big and breathtaking, and it knows how to use music and silence in enthralling ways that make the characters in our animated films seem like empty-headed chatterboxes.
Peter Brunette - Film.com
The imagery, ranging from sublime mountain-smashing power to firefly delicacy (individual waterdrops splashing on a rock) is exuberant and intoxicating.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Next to the beauty and tragedy of Princess Mononoke, Star Wars: Episode I looks like dim radiation from a dull and distant galaxy.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
The movie has a scope that makes Hollywood's homiletic, follow - your - dream fables look even more solipsistic.
David Edelstein - Slate
Unlike most animated motion pictures, which have a relatively limited scope, Princess Mononoke is an epic saga, a fantasy adventure of great ambition and extent.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
There is no denying the film's visual imagination, from the awe-inspiring creature creations to the stunning forest landscapes to the sensitive human characterizations.
Frank Scheck - Hollywood Reporter
Animation as we've not experienced it before.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Watching the way Miyazaki and his animators can make a misty cloud drift across the screen is nothing less than pure bliss.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
It is too ambitious, too sure of its own vastness to love it; it demands respect more than affection.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
A seamless marriage between a mature, complex story ideas and boundless visual imagination.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
From the very opening frames, Miyazaki proves himself a total master of the medium...
Steve Biodrowski - ESplatter
Hayao Miyazaki recasts the mythic tale of man's dominion over the earth with an animist mythology and a conservationist message...
Sean Axmaker - Seanax.com
Obviously the real star here is the artwork, which was spearheaded by director/lead animator Hayao Miyazaki.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Hayao Miyazaki's eco-friendly animated fable about animal gods and those damn humans bent on destroying the environment is made bearable by some trademark anime limb-severing violence.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Its imagery is never less than breathtakingly beautiful, and is occasionally truly awesome...
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
All Miyazaki's films are masterpieces, but Princess Mononoke may just have the edge.
Daniel Etherington - Film4
While Miyazaki's ecological concerns are never in doubt, he neither oversentimentalises the forces of nature, nor demonises the human characters.
Anton Bitel - Eye for Film
Superbly imagined and visually sumptuous, it's let down only by Hisaishi's sub-Miklos Rosza score.
Derek Adams - Time Out
A terrific new animated movie -- a milestone.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
There's ten times as much imagination in this film than in The Phantom Menace, and there's a much more engaging and multi-faceted story to boot.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
This web of mixed motives is one of Princess Mononoke's greatest strengths. Not once do we feel that the characters are cardboard cutout villains and their hardships are more powerful as a result.
Gabe Leibowitz - Film and Felt
Miyazaki's artistry is evident in every frame, a pristine combination of lush greenery, ghastly mythic monsters and beautifully executed humans.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
Some scenes in the film are gory and may scare young children, but older teens and adults should revel in the beautifully realized scenery and the rich characters.
Ted Murphy - Hollywood.com
An animated fable of dazzling artistry, one of the most beautiful ever made.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
As beautiful as it is poignant.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
A wonderful film directed by Hayao Miyazaki, often called the Walt Disney of Japanimation.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
A stunning Japanese animated feature where forest gods battle with humans infringing upon their sacred domain.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
The smartest, most thoughtful, best-made cartoon youa(TM)re likely to see in a long time.
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
It's a dazzling movie, gorgeous to look at, involving on both emotional and intellectual levels, and often thrilling.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Princess Mononoke resonates with quiet truths rarely channeled by hollywood.
Dean Essner - Boston Phoenix
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
But the film is, on the whole, a full, meaty treat, striking not only in its subject-matter and the approach to it, but also in its pin-sharp detailing of nature and the speed and grace with which the characters move.
Michael Thomson - BBC
Calling this film a 'kid's film,' however, completely misses the point. It is instead a film for the young at heart and those who still appreciate honor, valor, love, and the earth.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
A breathtaking saga of man versus nature, of gods and men, of bravery, nobility and redemption.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
A wonder to behold!
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
This fanciful, violent world is filled with the kind of resonant images that usually only come to us in our dreams.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Boldly innovative yet eerily innocent, Princess Mononoke is unlike anything you've seen in the theaters this year.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The 135 minutes that Miyazaki takes to put across his many motifs are deserved considering the complexity of his task and the movie, which avoids repetition despite the many battles, does not fail to entertain.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
I was somewhat disappointed by the mundane story it presented, but the fashion in which it presented it made it completely worthwhile.
Greg Muskewitz - eFilmCritic.com
It is definitely too much of a good thing.
Susan Granger - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Princess Moonlike is graced with images of charm and phenomenal beauty.
Bob Campbell - Newhouse News Service
Even more mundane subjects are so gorgeously rendered that the film as a whole must be called a work of true art.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
This is clearly not a movie for kids under 10, as decapitations and maimings aren't that uncommon and the story is detailed, filled with subplots, and low on cookie-cutter characters and cutesy sidekicks.
Greg Dean Schmitz - Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
Go in with an open mind, clear your expectations, and let it do its thing. Trust me.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
The movie does have potential, but in its present state it's a disappointment that few will enjoy immensely.
Athan Bezaitis - Filmcritic.com
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
The result, while not a substitute for the original, will still astound audiences with its mesmerizing vision.
Marc Fortier - Reel.com
Beautiful as the film is to look at, it stays past its welcome and ultimately fails to satisfy.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
There isn't one conservationist idea in the tamely correct Mononoke that the adult audience didn't know already.
Peter Henne - Film Journal International
Princess Mononoke is a great achievement and a wonderful experience, and one of the best films of the year.
Roger Ebert - At the Movies
It's an art film, a densely plotted and visually stunning piece of animation, and not a movie for everybody.
Peter Stack - San Francisco Chronicle
Miyazaki's dedication to detailing the feudal lords, peasants, tribesmen and samurai warriors of the time is astounding.
Bob Thompson - Jam! Movies
The film, which runs almost two and a half hours, is paced exceedingly well and never feels too long.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Hayao Miyazaki has crafted a very intelligent story about the co-existence of humans and the forest.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
...easily one of the best-looking animated features in years.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
Redubbed for American release, this handsome, stirring movie looks and feels spectacular with its incredible watercolors of forest landscapes, its giant and intelligent wild animals and its ancient, epic mythology.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Christopher Brandon - TNT's Rough Cut
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Princess Mononoke is a remarkable blend of fantastic imagination and relevant moral questions.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Elegant and visually sophisticated.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
The real revelation in the film is the depth and complexity of its mythology and storytelling, which manage to overcome the problems with the human story.
Scott Renshaw - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Its impressive animation and fluid action sequences make it more than a passable two plus hours, but it never becomes the great achievement it could -- and perhaps should -- have been.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
A landmark achievement in animated cinema.
Scott Von Doviak - culturevulture.net
Overlong and dramatically unengaging.
Andy Klein - New Times
Sheer technical virtuosity aside, where Miyzaki succeeds most enduringly is in his willingness to grant audiences their most basic intellectual due.
Gemma Files - eye WEEKLY
In many ways it is a throwback to the darker vision of a Disney past, when his films had the power to both frighten and enchant.
Louis Proyect - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Strange and powerful, Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke sets a new standard in animation.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
FOR AN INSIGHT into precisely how stunning Hayao Miyazaki's rich, animated epic Princess Mononoke is, you need only consider how little of it leaves you once you've left it.
Wesley Morris - San Francisco Examiner
Even if you lose track of the story -- and it is sometimes a challenge to keep up with all the developments -- the movie's steady flow of exotic, powerful images remains riveting.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
We may never grasp what it is about Princess Mononoke that made it a smash in Japan, but there's no denying that an enormous amount of something or other got lost in the translation.
Michael Atkinson - Mr. Showbiz
Here is a film that reaches for unforeseen heights, and surpasses them.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org