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Mary and The Witch's Flower Reviews

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May 9, 2018
It's likeable and finely wrought, but not as adventurous as Ghibli's best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 9, 2018
loved the attention to English period rural detail but the pace is sluggish, the story distinctly unmagical...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 8, 2018
There's nothing here we haven't seen done before -- and better.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
May 6, 2018
It may lack the originality of the best Miyazaki films, but with its heart-swelling score and exquisitely realised worlds, this is a must for Ghibli fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 5, 2018
The fantasy world is wildly imaginative and beautifully realised.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 5, 2018
This art-form has long been thought to have reached its twilight years, but Yonebayashi's film brims over with the bounce and spark of childhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 3, 2018
Harry Potter meets Spirited Away in this richly inventive Japanese animation about an English girl.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 3, 2018
If you're after some colourful fun this'll do the trick, but let's hope Ponoc's next film offers as much for the brain as it does for the eyeballs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 3, 2018
Kate Winslet and Jim Broadbent fill out the impressive voice cast but it's the fantastical visuals that'll wow you - try to picture Hogwarts meets The Yellow Submarine. The hand-drawn imagination is truly eye-popping.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 3, 2018
It is another example of that remarkable way in which Japanese animation is reviving the memory of classic English children's literature from the 1960s and 70s - otherwise forgotten in its native land.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 2, 2018
As in all the best Studio Ghibli films that inspired it, the film also offers a sensitive and nuanced portrayal of its troubled young protagonist as she learns how to transcend her own insecurities.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 2, 2018
Still working the Miyazaki playbook, if not quite with the maestro's level of expertise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 30, 2018
The result is a film every bit as emotionally engaging and downright wonderful as any Ghibli effort, and proof that Studio Ponoc may grow to become as universally beloved as the animation powerhouse that preceded it.
April 30, 2018
Yonebayashi pays perfect tribute to Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli with this bewitching and visually dazzling adventure. Studio Ponoc is off to a flying start.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 26, 2018
Themes of transformation and passing the baton on sit nicely as subtext in a gorgeous animation that empowers its protagonist to find power in her weaknesses.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 15, 2018
Most importantly, it has the same kind of charm and wonder, and the same simple message that being yourself is the best thing to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 1, 2018
It's thrilling to have any semblance of Studio Ghibli back in our theaters and "Mary and the Witch's Flower" will momentarily satisfy that hunger, but will leave you wanting more.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 27, 2018
...a fine animated feature that carries a good, strong message for its younger femme audience. Mary is a good role model whose promise and loyalty to friends is the most important thing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 26, 2018
Mary and the Witch's Flower isn't trying to be anything big and sprawling, and it shouldn't have to be. What's missing isn't a bigger picture, it's one that's more consistent.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
January 25, 2018
This is still a compulsively watchable film with a strong female hero and a deluge of gorgeous images.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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