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Howl's Moving Castle


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Release Date :

June 10, 2005

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Director :

Hayao Miyazaki

Starring :

Christian Bale, Jean Simmons, Lauren Bacall, Blythe Danner, Emily Mortimer, Josh Hutcherson, Billy Crystal, Jena Malone, Emily Mortimer

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3 of 4

“..the best-looking and most complex animated film of the year to-date..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
4 of 4

“..so good that it shames virtually every animated film..”
by Jeffrey M. Anderson [SPLICEDwire: Film Reviews, News and Interview]
8 of 10

“..Miyazaki produces another charming and inventive fairy tale every bit as good as his past offerings..”
by Edward Douglas [Comingsoon]
8 of 10

“..Howl's Moving Castle is at best in the shadow of Spirited Away, almost equaling the latter in artistic merits and style..”
by Le Apprenti [Movie-Vault]
4 of 4

“..Hayao Miyazaki's wonderful movie..”
by Jonathan Rosenbaum [Chicago Reader]
4.5 of 5

“..contains so much beautiful and inspired work..”
by Robert Denerstein [Denver Rocky Mountain Reviews]
3 of 4

“..contains 10 times more imagination, wonder, and sheer visual beauty than anything you'll find in Hollywood animation or boilerplate Japanese anime these days...”
by Ty Burr [Boston Globe]
3.5 of 4

“..boast an emotional depth that makes the average Hollywood blockbuster feel like Saturday-morning fodder..”
by David Kronke [L.A. Daily News]
“..another sophisticated animation from Japanese anime master Hayao Miyazaki..”
by Richard James Havis [The Hollywood Reporter]
4.5 of 5

“..a visually stunning work and will be remembered as one of the best animation films of the year..”
by Robin and Laura Clifford [Reeling Reviews]
4 of 4

“..a staggering work of imagination...”
by Tim Knight [Reel.com]
3 of 4

“..a richly inventive, slightly eerie animated movie from Japan...”
by Jami Bernard [New York Daily News]
4 of 4

“..a great animated feature..”
by Michael Wilmington [Chicago Tribune]
4.5 of 5
Reviewed by [Entertainment Weekly]
4.5 of 5
Reviewed by Lew Irwin [ShowBIZ Data]
4 of 4
Reviewed by Brian Thomas [Cinescape]
4 of 4
Reviewed by Jeremy Heilman [Movie Martyr]
4 of 4
Reviewed by [E! Online]
4 of 4
Reviewed by David Sterritt [Christian Science Monitor]
3.5 of 4
Reviewed by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]
3.5 of 5
Reviewed by [The Movie Chicks]
3.5 of 5
Reviewed by Nicholas Schager [Filmcritic]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Hanh Nguyen [Zap2it.com]
3 of 5
Reviewed by Bruce Kirkland [Jam! Movies]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Ed Gonzalez [Slant Magazine]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Peter Keough [The Boston Phoenix]
3 of 5
Reviewed by Eugene Novikov [Film Blather]
1.5 of 4
Reviewed by [Film Freak Central]
1.5 of 4
Reviewed by David Nusair [Reel Film Reviews]
Reviewed by Gabriel Shanks [Mixed Reviews: The Arts, The World and More]
Reviewed by Jasper Sharp [Midnight Bye - japan cult cinema]
Reviewed by Stephanie Zacharek [Salon]
Reviewed by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat [Spirituality and Health]
Reviewed by Ella Taylor [L.A. Weekly]
Reviewed by Travis Mackenzie Hoover [Exclaim]

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