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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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“..Ari Folman, however, is a filmmaker who, almost to a fault is, determined to make movies in his own inimitable way..”
by Jordan Hoffman [Film.com]


“..is the typical Hallmark Channel movie with a light-hearted story, some beautiful people and some OK acting..”
by [Movieman's Guide to the Movies]


“..overly familiar spy film serves its star well..”
by John DeFore [Hollywood Reporter]


“..sibling filmmakers Peter and Michael Spierig offer a skillful and atmospheric adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein's 1960 short story " - All You Zombies - ," and if it's better in the intimate early stages than in the more grandiose later passages..”
by Justin Chang [Variety]


“..thanks to Saville's tightly controlled direction and a superlative cast, the mere exchange of glances builds as much suspense as the kinetic action sequence that opens the pic..”
by Ronnie Scheib [Variety]


“..the action sequences are competently directed, but exhibit virtually no flair or invention, as Patric simply stands there shooting at waves of anonymous henchmen until they all fall down..”
by Andrew Barker [Variety]


“..the ham-fisted script is incapable of a multilayered approach, while the helming and editing are at the level of mediocre TV..”
by Jay Weissberg [Variety]


“..a bland version of Liam Neeson's Taken..”
by Sukanya Verma [rediff.com]


“..so is this terrific movie..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


“..the movie often feels like a full-length ad for a great workplace, which just happens to stash whips and chains in the stationery closet..”
by Elizabeth Weitzman [NY Daily News]