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Mary and The Witch's Flower Reviews

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
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
January 20, 2018
The animators invoke worlds upon worlds in Mary and the Witch's Flower.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 19, 2018
Compared with most so-called family entertainment, Mary and the Witch's Flower deserves to be ranked high.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 18, 2018
With Mary and the Witch's Flower, [Studio Ponoc has] come both too close and not close enough, resulting in an adventure that can never climb out of the uncanny valley it digs for itself.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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January 18, 2018
It shows tremendous promise, even if the movie exists so obviously at the mercy of its influences, and Yonebayashi at his.
January 18, 2018
A gentle, sweet story, told with painterly artistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 18, 2018
What Mary and the Witch's Flower lacks in dimensionality, it makes up for in wonderment.
January 18, 2018
The spell Mr. Yonebayashi casts is effective, but also ephemeral. It's minor magic.
January 17, 2018
A gently refreshing change from the hectic plasticity that now dominates Hollywood computer animation, and even from most other anime.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
January 17, 2018
The world is not so full of beauty that one can wave away Mary's visual majesty, especially now that its hand-drawn style is nearly a thing of the past. But the flaws in its writing are harder to overlook.
January 16, 2018
And I'll admit that by that point, despite whatever creaks and lags had preceded it, I felt a compulsive urge to see it through and follow Mary and her little barking broomstick wherever they went.
December 8, 2017
Yonebayashi's unwavering faith in the clear values and direct narrative structures of a good storybook energize his rousing entertainment with sweep and drive.
December 6, 2017
Director Yonebayashi clearly fetishizes the romantic countryside setting of such European stories for Mary's time with her family, the school itself is quite unlike anything we've seen, making it easy to understand why Mary might think she's dreaming.
November 30, 2017
Magic flows freely if not infinitely in "Mary and the Witch's Flower," an effortless animated charmer from the gifted Japanese director and Studio Ghibli veteran Hiromasa Yonebayashi.
November 22, 2017
A stirring adventure most suitable for tweens and teens.