The Secret World of Arrietty Reviews

  • The result is a dreamy, soft-edged hybrid, equally interested in observing raindrops and the worries of a race of minuscule beings.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Studio Ghibli and Arrietty have a way of taking you where you may not expect, whether you're scrambling through rooms as large as canyons or clambering into the safety of an outstretched hand, a simple gesture that says it all.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • With its lush colors, imaginative view of ordinary objects and meticulously crafted miniature civilization, it transports viewers to an enchanting alternate storybook reality.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • This gorgeous little movie is sure to be beloved by your little people, who may discover what it means to find a magical beauty in the things we can't altogether see.

    Amy Joyce — Washington Post

  • The film flatters young moviegoers' awareness of deeper matters while delivering just enough enchantment to beguile both them and their parents.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • The otherworldliness that is Miyazaki's trademark has been tamped down into naturalistic textures, but the look is still as meticulous and confident as the master's handiwork.

    Aaron Hillis — Village Voice

  • Like the ornate dollhouse that plays a part, "Arrietty" is lovely and well-appointed, but filled with only what you bring to it.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • While it doesn't offer much in the way of 'sophisticated' content for adults, it brings something much more valuable, really: genuine aesthetic bliss.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • It's lovely, both in spirit and in its simple, supple, hand-drawn visual allure.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • [The film] pulses with feeling for childhood and nature and develops a surprising amount of suspense considering it takes place around a single suburban home.

    Ben Sachs — Chicago Reader

  • When Shawn, a sickly boy sent to live in the house before he has heart surgery, sees Arrietty, does he squash her like a bug? Dear reader, he is enchanted. As are we.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Ghibli films have a fantastic visual style and tone all their own, and first-time director Hiromasa Yonebayashi adapts Mary Norton's 1952 children's classic "The Borrowers" according to the house rules.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • "The Secret World of Arrietty" is a sweet world indeed.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Old-school, mostly in a good way.

    Leslie Felperin — Variety

  • "The Secret World of Arrietty'' is a feast for the eyes that will engage the entire family.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • Arrietty offers an opportunity to be carried away by a whimsical adventure, set to a lovely score by French musician Cecile Corbel.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • The Secret World of Arrietty is sweet fun, an astute match of exquisite style and small content.

    Liam Lacey — Globe and Mail

  • The fresh and simple story will win its share of young fans, though it lacks the disturbing adult elements might have attracted older audiences.

    Deborah Young — Hollywood Reporter

  • A marvel of image and color, its old-fashioned pen-and-ink frames vividly bringing to life the world of children's author Mary Norton's "The Borrowers."

    David Germain — Associated Press

  • Unlike most Ghibli escapes that liberate us from reality, Arrietty brings the same magic to the mundane, elevating the ordinary confines of daily life into sumptuous surprises

    Steven Snyder — TIME Magazine

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