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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“..a crowd-pleaser from start to finish..”
by Boyd van Hoeij [Hollywood Reporter]


“..Strangerland is ruined by the preciousness of its ideas..”
by Tim Grierson [Screen Daily]


“..it's a film that clearly has nothing but compassion for the troubled teens at the center of it, and well-worth checking out..”
by Chris Bumbray [Joblo]


“..thanks to a strong visual eye and a terrific cast, this anguished, but intimate coming of age tale tends to (mostly) recompense for some of the darker and more despondent elements that will test some resolves..”
by Rodrigo Perez [The Playlist]


“..simply by not getting the balance right, "The Bronze" seems to be lucky to have medaled at all..”
by Drew McWeeny [HitFix]


“..a serviceable family film that is hardly a worthy rival for "Searching for Bobby Fischer"..”
by Ben Kenigsberg [NY Times]


“..though the books are brilliant, Depp's attempt to make his own Terry-Thomas movie feels tired and more than a little tortured..”
by Ali Plumb [Empire Online]


“..it's not much fun at all, but at least it's over..”
by Moira MacDonald [Seattle Times]


“..the new animated musical fairy tale from the mind and the mixtape of George Lucas, is indeed strange. What's missing is the magic..”
by Betsy Sharkey [LA Times]


“..Patrick Tobin's infuriatingly coy script... turning the film into a morbid guessing game..”
by Joshua Rothkopf [Time Out New York]