Critic Consensus: The simplicity and colorful warmth of Mirai's animation is underscored by a story with surprising - and deeply affecting - depth and emotional resonance.
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Critic Reviews for Mirai
There's enough wisdom to be found in this engaging tale for a trip to the theatre. Whether to take the whole family is up to parents to decide.
Merits comparison to works of similar relevance and poetic ambitions, like Shoplifters and Roma, masterworks that share its inquiries about familial ties, parental insecurities, and the inescapable pull of the past.
Like Hayao Miyazaki, whose mantle Hosoda is often considered to be on an unofficial short list to pick up, Hosoda tells this child's story at a child's eye level, and the diversions feel part and parcel of that point of view.
Expands into a lyrical realm that is both very Japanese and entirely universal.
The latest gem from Japanese anime master Mamoru Hosoda concerns a little boy's conflict with his baby sister. It may be the animator's smallest film, but it stands tall. You'll be enchanted.
Audience Reviews for Mirai
What an awful voice they chose for Kun in the Japanese version (the voice of an 18-year-old girl), and yet more annoying for me is how condescending this film is towards children instead of speaking to them, with the result feeling more unfocused and banal than it should.
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