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When Marnie Was There (2015)



Critic Consensus: When Marnie Was There is still blessed with enough visual and narrative beauty to recommend, even if it isn't quite as magical as Studio Ghibli's greatest works.

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Sent from her foster home in the city one summer to a sleepy town by the sea in Hokkaido, Anna dreams her days away among the marshes. She believes she's outside the invisible magic circle to which most people belong - and shuts herself off from everyone around her, wearing her "ordinary face". Anna never expected to meet a friend like Marnie, who does not judge Anna for being just what she is. But no sooner has Anna learned the loveliness of friendship than she begins to wonder about her newfound friend... Based on the novel by Joan G. Robinson, When Marnie Was There is the newest film from Studio Ghibli, and the second feature film by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, the director of The Secret World of Arrietty.(C) GKids

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John C. Reilly
as Kiyomasa Oiwa
Geena Davis
as Yoriko Sasaki
Kathy Bates
as Mrs. Kadoya
Catherine O'Hara
as Elderly Lady
Ava Acres
as Sayaka Mochizuki
Grey DeLisle
as Setsu Oiwa
Raini Rodriguez
as Nobuko Kadoya
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Critic Reviews for When Marnie Was There

All Critics (99) | Top Critics (28)

The film has a mournful delicacy and sense of mystery about it which counterbalances its sentimentality.

June 9, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The gentle, unforced charm of the animation feels like the very best of book illustration come to miraculous life, but with a strong, almost Hitchcockian streak of excitement and danger.

June 9, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

At times as awkward as its young protagonist, yet brimming with the familiar Ghibli magic.

June 7, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

That's what Ghibli's films have always done - they sweep over you like summer showers, and leave the world seeming brighter and refreshed.

October 15, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's a kid's movie that grown-ups will like. As Marnie does on Anna, the movie casts a spell.

June 11, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Dramatically unworthy of its gorgeous coastal landscapes and ever-shifting light.

June 4, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for When Marnie Was There


The animation is gorgeous like everything Studio Ghibli makes (though this is perhaps its final production, following Miyazaki's retirement), but the film is not without its flaws, such as trouble with pacing and a twisty plot whose revelations are more predictable than insightful.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

There will never be enough words in the dictionary to describe how incredibly thought-provoking the films that come from Studio Ghibli are. "When Marnie Was There" is no exception to that statement. Following an introverted girl, outcast by her peers at school and being diagnosed with asthma, Anna is sent away to a relatives house in the country. Filled with trees, water, and an environment that she will feel at home in, we begin to see more of the inner-Anna as the film progresses. At the films core, it is about a young orphan girl, who is looking to find herself. She comes across a young girl named Marnie and their friendship blossoms quickly and fiercely, leading to plot twists that will have you in tears. This film is truly magnificent for everything it sets itself up for, and the payoff is emotionally satisfying in every way. This studio always knows how to write a compelling story and execute it in such a beautiful way. As always, the animation is crafted to perfection and each element has meaning. Of all the films I have had the pleasure of seeing in 2015, this is definitely one of my favourites. I truly do not have any complaints about this picture. Any questions or concerns you may have throughout the duration of this film, will be answered by the time the credits role, and if you end up enjoying this film as much as myself, you will not want that to happen. I wanted this film to keep going and going. "When Marnie Was There" is one of my favourite films from Studio Ghibli and one of the best films of 2015.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


When Marnie Was There (2014, Japan) is yet another picturesque Studio Ghibli production with a beautiful sketch of Japanese countryside. Very much different from its predecessors in terms of narrative and propagating themes on self-discovery and self-formation with a hint of thriller and mystery, When Marnie Was There is truly a Studio Ghibli classic guaranteed to warm your heart and pinch you in all the right places.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

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