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This was an amazing movie! The Borrowers book and movie is nothing like it! It's incredible!
|9/10||chw@ - 266 reviews|
1.24.2013 - age: 1-12
Wonderfully animated and a beautifully told story. Definitely one of, if not, the best animation to be released this year and further solidifying Studio Ghibili's place as the king of animated story-telling beside Disney and Pixar. The only minor complaint is really not a complaint per say, but I do wish it were a bit longer to further show how Sean and Arrietty grew as friends. Brilliant movie nonetheless.
|9/10||con-s117@ - 12 reviews|
12.12.2012 - age: 18-25
It is sad, awesome and entertaining. I rate it *********** stars.
|10/10||tcaso7@ - first review|
6.14.2012 - age: 1-12
A beautiful family movie based on a classic story. The visual element is incredible. My daughter (9) and I saw it twice in the same week. Don't miss it!
|9/10||brunswickavenue@ - first review|
5.20.2012 - age: 50+
This is a very gentle, beautifully drawn version of 'The Borrowers'. I think this would be an excellent movie to watch with young children on a rainy summer day.
|8/10||jimble@ - 49 reviews|
5.14.2012 - age: 50+
The movie is typical in the japanese genre. So if you like japanese manga then it is a 9 on 10. For everyone else I would have to say a 7, the storyline is slow, but it makes you think, and it pulls at your emotions. Very interesting movie I would definitely see this movie again.
|7/10||nicemovie@ - first review|
5.5.2012 - age: 36-49
Cute... great visual animation, a great way to spend an afternoon out with my daughter.
|7/10||colleenklock@ - 31 reviews|
4.28.2012 - age: 36-49
We loved this movie, a nice change from the usual slick type of animated film, superb!
|10/10||waterdock@ - first review|
I loved this movie! It was wonderful to see a Japanese Animation come to theater! There is really nothing to critique! The animations were absolutely beautiful! It draws you in to make you feel as though you are in the film! The characters were charming and entertaining, and you can't help but love them. Wonderful storyline full of humour, gentleness, charm, suspense, and at times sadness; All things that make it feel real. If you can go see a Disney movie and enjoy it then go see this movie! You will love it just the same!
|10/10||benjaminfast07@ - 10 reviews|
4.1.2012 - age: 18-25
I am a huge fan of Miyazaki, but for some reason, the plots of his recent movies have become pretty boring. This is a great movie for kids, visually stunning, but it's definitely not as interesting as Princess Mononoke or Spirited Away.
|6/10||olischow@ - 9 reviews|
3.29.2012 - age: 18-25
Terrible movie. Don't waste your money. Not worth seeing.
|1/10||alex@ - 3 reviews|
3.24.2012 - age: 18-25
Very small people. But they can help each other very easily.
|10/10||sasha@ - 2 reviews|
3.24.2012 - age: 1-12
Simplicity and Perfection of a FILM! Magical Adventure. Very simple story but who needs more!
|10/10||lovernthief@ - first review|
3.17.2012 - age: 26-35
Great movie. Really enjoyed it. Detail in the movie was amazing.
|8/10||iveman@ - 2 reviews|
3.16.2012 - age: 26-35
Disney has some good stuff; some of the very old and some of the newest, especially since they bought Pixar, but it rarely comes close to Miyazaki. The guy is a genius. He has a keen eye for perfection; I guess the Japanese do cartoons as they do cars. The sets are hauntingly beautiful. It's Ponyo's steam boat journey or the travel-by-train from Spirited Away all over again... and the hats down they go!
|10/10||mikeevasi@ - 10 reviews|
3.15.2012 - age: 36-49
An excellent movie by Studio Ghibli that definitely carries their standard of quality. There is a near perfect sense of perception when small characters encounter large things and a week later I am still humming melodies from the music of this film. Some disliked the ending but I found it to be a very mature and [appropriate] ending.
|10/10||tzolot@ - first review|
3.15.2012 - age: 18-25
I thought this movie was well made and it brought out the fantasy as if you were living it as well... I especially enjoyed it, thanks to the many voice actors/actresses and producers of this film, the colorists and musicians and a big thanks to my favorite story teller, Walt Disney. Thank you.
|10/10||renae.mutch@ - first review|
3.10.2012 - age: 18-25
GO SEE IT! It's amazing! Studio Ghibli has done it once again! If you don't know which movie to see, pick this one! The artwork makes you feel like you're in the movie! Such an amazing and touching story!
|10/10||pandabearyay@ - 2 reviews|
3.6.2012 - age: 1-12
Wow I read the book with my friends and we loved it, we even made clay sculptures. There is also a movie on netflix that we watched, we had a borrowers party. But I have to say the movie was a bit differnt from the book, but I still loved it. MUST SEE!!!
|10/10||jgsquit@ - first review|
3.6.2012 - age: 1-12
Good movie, I love it. Very good imagination and graphic.
|10/10||bian_yinci@ - first review|
3.5.2012 - age: 18-25
This is, for the most part, a quiet, gentle movie. The beauty of it is in the animation, where scenes of fields and rainfall are like delicately painted still lifes. There is a bit of drama in the movie, but it is not like a typical, frenetic American children's movie. The story revolves more around the tentative friendship between Arietty and Sean and the details of what it is to live in the Borrowers' world. Overall, a very beautiful but contemplative film.
|8/10||narine@ - 8 reviews|
2.28.2012 - age: 36-49
It's a piece of art, and the story is beautiful. I cried watching that film, and so did my friend.
|9/10||leo75ec@ - 17 reviews|
2.27.2012 - age: 36-49
I loved it! Time went by so fast... How amazing are the colours and the artwork? Incredible as always for Studio Ghibli!
|9/10||steph_anie_c@ - 17 reviews|
2.27.2012 - age: 26-35
Studio Ghibli done it again. This is a wonderful movie, very well made and the scenery is just awesome.
|10/10||daden3@ - 108 reviews|
2.26.2012 - age: 26-35
Wonderfully uplifting! Dispel thy loneliness!
|10/10||donnsie@ - first review|
2.25.2012 - age: 26-35
I brought my kids to this movie and I was surprised how great was the story. The personalities of the protagonists are so intense and deepful, I recommend this movie also for couples since there is a lot couple jokes [...]
|7/10||phalakone@ - first review|
2.23.2012 - age: 26-35
Yet another amazing film from Studio Ghibli. If you've loved Hayao Miyazaki's films from Ghibli, then you'll not want to miss this one!
|10/10||mwalvara@ - first review|
2.23.2012 - age: 50+
I loved the story, it was captivating. The characters were lovable. The little boy next to me told his mum half-way through the movie, "This is good. I like this movie."
|9/10||serenaalibhai@ - 5 reviews|
2.23.2012 - age: 36-49
My husband and I took our 2 children to this movie on the weekend. Our kids are aged 3 and 5. It kept their attention throughout the movie and ours as well! The storyline was captivating and held your attention. We particularly loved the background music throughout the movie. Even without the high end graphics, this movie is a must see. My husband and I couldn't stop raving about it all the way home! Would recommend this movie for all ages!
|9/10||rkhaskett@ - first review|
2.21.2012 - age: 26-35
I just LOVED it! Granny liked it too... it is a movie that is great for everyone to see!
|9/10||nikitamorin@ - 2 reviews|
2.20.2012 - age: 1-12
I found the story was done well the artwork was wonderful, but there was not a lot of excitement in the movie, it could've been done much better if you ask me.
|5/10||amjhabsfan@ - 5 reviews|
2.20.2012 - age: 13-17
Stop do not go to the movies to watch this. Horrible ending and very slow. Story was good but it was totally wasted in this movie. Your kids will fall asleep, mine did. The old maid was annoying not funny.
|4/10||adamjemmett@ - 53 reviews|
2.20.2012 - age: 36-49 - One reply
It was ok for young children and if you were to consider it as watching a book on a widescreen. And yes not having violence or things like that was pleasant, but it was a little to much like simply watching a book. If it had a little more modern technology to make more like a movie I think this had the potential to be very good. The story line is very nice, it's just the way the movie was made which ruins it.
|5/10||rjcam@ - first review|
2.20.2012 - age: 36-49
The movie was visually beautiful; the attention to visual detail, both exceptional and interesting; accompanying sound exquisite and appropriate; many a wondrous heart-warming visual spectacle. Unfortunately once you get past the eye-candy, the story itself was amateurish. If the producers of this movie had spent a tenth of the time on the writing/plot development as they did the visual – this could have been a very good movie. For those not completely enchanted by Ghibli, visual art, and/or Hayao Miyazaki, but rather see movies to be captivated by story, then this may not be the movie that you think it is. What's up with all of the sighing and grunting? Could they have made Arrietty's mother, a character who plays the part of comedic relief, anymore annoying? Sorry if I've offended anyone, just trying to be honest. I say see it for yourself, but rating this an 8 or higher, come on.
|6/10||igor.zebic@ - 3 reviews|
2.20.2012 - age: 36-49
My intention was to get some rest while the brood watched the movie, but the film itself would not allow it. Not because of bombs going off, planes crashing or buildings falling, simply because this adventure/drama was too enthralling. The feisty 14-year-old little (!) Arrietty was embarking on her first trips from the from the family's safe haven and was soon to experience the wrath of the anti-Christ, er, huge housemaid. Great editing, marvellously drawn and coloured frames and delightful characters. The story? Not so much.
|7/10||m.j.brown@ - 266 reviews|
2.20.2012 - age: 50+
Good movie for children and adults.
|9/10||jovie.livey@ - first review|
2.19.2012 - age: 50+
[ATTENTION: This review reveals content of the movie.]
Arrietty is a great story for fans of Studio Ghibli and children of all ages. I'm 49 and I loved it. It should be noted that this is the US dub and not the Japanese version with subtitles as suggested on the website. The audience clearly enjoyed it. For the benefit of those who have never read any of my reviews, I consider Studio Ghibli's films to be the most beautiful and moving stories that the genre has to offer. The studio was founded by Directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata as well as Producer Toshio Suzuki, but is entering a transitional phase with that trio now in their 60s and 70s. So how does this debut effort from Yonebashi hold up? After three viewings, I would say extremely well. Fans of Miyazaki need not despair. He had a hand in the screenplay, adapted from Mary Norton's book, and his imprint is all over this film. Like all Studio Ghibli efforts, Arrietty has so much heart that it's almost impossible to avoid being emotionally moved by the story. The animation style is exactly what you would expect too, with a two-dimensional look and a faded color palette. The music comes from Cecile Corbel, Simon Caby and Dale Sison, but it often feels like a Joe Hisaishi score. Studio Ghibli's future is in good hands. Arrietty Clock is 14 years old and four inches tall. She's a Borrower and lives with her mother and father. Borrowers acquire items that humans don't really need and then use them as food or to make tools. She collects leaves, sugar lumps and pins and puts them to good use. Humans are considered dangerous so the Clock family tries to remain out of sight, living in the foundations of the humans' house. Arrietty and her father adapt a variety of items and turn them into useful gadgets. Thread, earrings and sticky tape enable them to climb and move around large objects. Dangers are everywhere if you are four inches tall. Think of how a cat or bird might view someone of that size. Despite the danger, Arrietty seems at one with nature. She tries not to hurt any small bugs and is accepted by most of the creatures in her world. I'm not going to go into too much detail about the plot, but here are a few important points: A boy named Sho (Sean in this US dub) comes to stay at the house while he awaits a heart operation. Imagine that in a Disney movie; it just wouldn't happen. Sho defies the expectations of the Clock family and seems friendly. However, not everyone is his household is as harmless. If humans discover the existence of the Clock family, they will have to vacate their home and move on. Moments of peril are few, but intense, although there is no real violence. The film plays out like an adventure and can safely be viewed by people of all ages. The ending leaves a few loose threads. Mary Norton's series consists of four books, so it's possible that Studio Ghibli could release a sequel one day. The film is a coming-of-age story in which Arrietty tries to prove her value as a Borrower. It touches on illness, love, trust, superstition and greed, but its world is filled with beauty and innocence for the most part. Look at Sho's expression when he meets Arrietty and see how non-threatening it is. Notice how Arrietty's nods of understanding convey respect and love for her father. See how imaginative the story is in terms of using Arrietty's stature to show the world from her perspective. The film ends on an optimistic note, despite the feeling that some story threads are unresolved. That's exactly how I feel about the future of Studio Ghibli. If you are a fan of the studio, please consider seeing the film in theaters. It certainly has a lot more heart than typical animated fare and perhaps our support will encourage Disney to release more Studio Ghibli films on Blu-ray in North America? It would be hard to give a higher recommendation. I've seen the film three times and its world embraced me like a familiar warm blanket on each occasion.
|9/10||aldersleysteven@ - 13 reviews|
2.19.2012 - age: 36-49
I thought it was a good movie, it was when my 12yr. old son said it was great and wouldn't mind seeing again as well as my 6yr. daughter... Well it's a great captivating family show using good morals that didn't use over the top laughter or killing to hold anyone's attention. The movie has a good "old Disney" feel.
|10/10||wene71@ - 6 reviews|
2.19.2012 - age: 36-49
I absolutely love everything about this movie! The characters, the settings, and story, and music and color! EVERYTHING!!!
|10/10||jesseboyko95@ - 3 reviews|
2.19.2012 - age: 13-17
Beautiful movie. In my experience it has been five years or so since an audience has stood and applauded. The setting was very private and beautiful considering the entire movie took place in a single house and its yard, yet they kept the scenes varied and interesting through their detailed attention to every flower and leaf. The musical touches were very simple yet appropriate. I also enjoyed other minute details like Arrietty's auditory sensitivity (her being 3 inches and all) which gives us an insight into how a smaller animal might experience our noisy, sprawling homes. My favourite touch however was Ghibli's attention to their characters. Many present movies ignore character development entirely however Arrietty paid careful attention to their 10 characters (assuming you count the cat) and this gave the overall story a much greater significance. I quite enjoyed this movie. It succeeded in maintaining its individuality in terms of Ghibli's overall collection while holding onto to the little touches that we have come to recognize in Ghibli productions.
|10/10||newmankyleswl@ - first review|
2.18.2012 - age: 13-17
I'm glad this was written by Hayao Miyazaki because I love all his films and now The Secret World Of Arrietty joins all those good films. This movie had a very touching story-line and all the characters were wonderful to watch and lets not forget that beautiful animation in this movie as well.
|9/10||lil_shorty_69er@ - 391 reviews|
2.18.2012 - age: 18-25
Pleasant, gentle, beautiful, delightful - these are the words I'd use to describe this latest effort by Miyazaki. No one dies, no one is impaled, or shot, or attacked by zombies. There are no explosions, or ninjas, or constant life-threatening jeopardy. Instead, there is color, and music, and gentle humor. Exploring the world from the perspective of a 3-inch high human was fascinating, amusing, and just a bit scary. My wife and I also quite enjoyed noting how things were being re-purposed by the Borrowers. This was a thoroughly enjoyable movie; a lovely respite from the usual garbage spilling out of Hollywood these days. Go and enjoy!
|9/10||nwaikikai@ - 41 reviews|
2.18.2012 - age: 36-49
I adore Studio Ghibli, and a slight hardcore fan of Miyazaki but when I heard Arrietty was coming out soon, I flew off my couch just to get the tickets online. It was a new director and the movie was sensational in background and scenery, it was like shots of work of arts shown on a non-documentary movie. It was a feel-good movie, the type you could pop in your tv and be lost in a new world. There was barely any action so a far-cry from Princess Mononoke. (Ghibli movie, a must watch) But was great in its own style. The watercolor used for the animation, made me happy inside. It looked in some parts like it was also acrylics. The plot was based on "The borrowers" but it has its own unique way of storytelling. The subtle romance made me squeal and I shed a tear almost towards the end. A high recommendation to watch it. Give it a chance and you might find yourself losing to it and maybe adore it? Wouldn't mind watching it again.
|9/10||ghibli-ite@ - first review|
2.18.2012 - age: 13-17
I really enjoyed it! It was really beautifull and the story was really cute! Worth seeing it at least once! :)
|9/10||aizolie@ - 24 reviews|
2.17.2012 - age: 18-25
Amazing and cute. Studio Ghibli just released an other classic. The hand-drawed animation as a lot of charm and you need to enjoy it because there's not a lot of this type of animation those days. A perfect animation movie for children and adults!
|9/10||kevinw@ - 55 reviews|
2.17.2012 - age: 13-17
Brings you back to the time when life was a lot simpler without all the hussel and bussel of cars, guns and video toys. The scenery was accurate and detailed to perfection. Sit back, relax and enjoy the movie.
|8/10||sophy_yee@ - 9 reviews|
2.17.2012 - age: 36-49
One of my favourite movies of all time, I honestly wouldn't mind watching it over and over again. Everything was incredibly detailed, the story had a good message behind it, the way the characters were depicted was really realistic. The whole idea very interesting and different than the typical adventure story. Personally, I watch movies to be entertained and to escape the world for a little bit, and this movie definitely does the job. GO WATCH IT!
|9/10||coolpopsicle@ - 6 reviews|
2.16.2012 - age: 13-17
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