The Secret World of Arrietty Reviews

The Secret World of Arrietty


Genre :

Animation, Family

Release Date :

February 17, 2012

MPAA Rating :


Director :

Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Starring :

Bridgit Mendler, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, David Henrie, Olivia Colman, Moises Arias, Carol Burnett, Peter Jason, Frank Marshall, Karey Kirkpatrick, Gracle Poletti, Steve Alpert

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

“..there are no power ballads and less slapstick, and even the look is softer, closer to the smudgy shades of water colors..”
by Stephen Whitty [Newark Star-Ledger]
“..the story is trouble-free to the point that it feels slight, though it's full of gorgeous renderings..”
by Aaron Hillis [Village Voice]
3 of 4

“..the result is an intriguing hybrid, mixing a Japanese reverence for nature..”
by Liam Lacey [Globe and Mail]
“..the film lacks the exotic approach to storytelling that made Studio Ghibli's other pics so compelling..”
by Leslie Felperin [Variety]
3 of 4

“..the end isn't quite tied up in perfect sparkly pink bows, but is left slightly up to us and our atrophied imaginations..”
by Amy Joyce [Washington Post]
4 of 5

“..stunningly beautiful and deeply touching..”
by Simon Reynolds [Digital Spy]
Review rate : B+

“..most resembles is the rarely-seen-in-America "Only Yesterday," an almost elegiac "what might have been" piece with zero fantasy element..”
by Glenn Kenny [MSN Movies]
3 of 4

“..more impressive is the inventive depiction of how the minuscule borrowers live their small-scale existence..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
Review rate : A

“..it's one of few animated fairy tales to genuinely transport the audience into their world..”
by Sam Adams [Time Out New York]
3 of 4

“..it works well even for a story that's less fantastical than Miyazaki's signature works..”
by Lou Lumenick [New York Post]
4 of 5

“..is well up to its high standard..”
by Derek Malcolm [This Is London]
Review rate : C

“..cinematically expanding a classic story without over-enlarging its scope..”
by Jesse Cataldo [Slant Magazine]
4 of 5

“..beautifully animated and featuring some stunning sound design work, this is an utterly charming animated adventure that's a treat for both adults and children alike..”
by Matthew Turner [ViewLondon]
4 of 5

“..a gentle and entrancing tale, deeper and richer than more instantly gratifying fare..”
by Steve Rose [The Guardian]
4 of 5

“..a beautifully crafted, intimate adventure movie and - presented in hand-drawn 2D - one of the most visually arresting you'll enjoy all year..”
by Dan Jolin [Empire Online]

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“..Home doesn't stand out as fresh or particularly funny. There are stretches that feel flat..”
by Linda Barnard [Toronto Star]


“..Hart and Ferrell may not be Pryor and Wilder, but they score several laughs in this slim comedy..”
by Rafer Guzman [Newsday]


“..lazy and contrived retread can ever hope to be..”
by Rodrigo Perez [The Playlist]


“..Ned Rifle is top notch quirk and really exciting to watch..”
by Mike Shutt [Rope of Silicon]


“..while the story falls a bit into melodrama, that can't chop away at the solid drama the stars and director build beautifully..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


“..in While We're Young, writer-director Noah Baumbach gets hold of a good satirical premise and does halfway well by it, maybe even two-thirds..”
by David Edelstein [Vulture]


“..it's all very familiar in that Blair Witch kind of way, with neither the characters nor situations proving remotely interesting..”
by Frank Scheck [Hollywood Reporter]


“..the way director Kornel Mundruczo got Body and Luke to run the gamut of emotions from face-licking adorableness to teeth-baring killers baying for blood is genuinely impressive..”
by Cath Clarke [Time Out London]


“..a nearly laughless comedy that doesn't do its writer/director/stars any favors..”
by Roger Moore [Movienation]


“..has some recognizable stars, but they are trapped in a slim story padded with lots and lots of flesh-eating..”
by Neil Genzlinger [NY Times]