• Released
  • March 15, 2013
  • (NY, LA; Limited Expansion 3/22)
  • PG , 1 hr 31 min
  • Animated
From Up on Poppy Hill Synopsis
Yokohama teens try to save their school's clubhouse from being demolished.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Your kids may will fall in love with it, if you help them find it.
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Time Out New York

From Up on Poppy Hill — cowritten by Miyazaki, and directed by his son Goro — shows a different side of the Japanese animation house, one...
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New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
It’s a film heavily dependent on tone and atmosphere for its charm, the budding relationship shown through things like a lovely twilight...
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By Scott Tobias
It's the warm tenor of the film that ultimately rescues it.
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Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
It’s a lovely film, a sentimental parable that carefully recreates a post-war Japan obsessed with obliterating its past.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Poppy Hill doubtless plays most strongly to Japanese audiences — especially the musical score made up of old-timey jazz and early-’60s pop...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The artistry is peaceful and comforting to the eyes but not especially stirring. Given the pictorial extremes that Studio Ghibli has gone...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Even with no wood sprites, witches or spells, there’s plenty of magic in this coming-of-age charmer.
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Slant Magazine

The story arc is somewhat facile, and its lesson about preserving history instead of demolishing it to make way for new, shiny things is...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The movie looks lovely, but it's luminous prose.
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From Up on Poppy Hill

By normdonna950
I'm not a fan of animated movies. This one was an exception. The film leaves you feeling wonderfully calm. Beautiful story beautifully told. Lots of name actors voices playing even the smallest roles...

Simple, lovely, sweet -- and pretty funny, too

By danield1
As other reviewers have noted, Goro Miyazaki's debut, Earthsea, was forgettable. He has done much better this time, perhaps in part due to reconciling with (and working with) his dad. Poppy Hill has...


By Peneflix
I do not care for animation; even as a child I found it boring and enervating. If any film could convert me to the genre it is “From Up On Poppy Hill”; it is an enchanting tale set in 1963, Yokohama,...

From Up on Poppy Hill

By bwhutchen
Yes, I loved it. A beautiful, peaceful movie. And, yes it is an animated film for teenagers and adults, and not small children. Not because it is violent or sexually explicit, but because it deals...

Animation with heart

By Archie Moonshine
Studio Ghibli is known for movies such as My Friend Totoro, Spirited Away, and Howl's Moving Castle. They have created some of the most amazing fantasy stories ever told or seen. This is not one of...

Watching this film is like taking a beautiful drug with no side effects

By Marmyne Franyppo
Sometimes the point of watching a film is to transport yourself to another place and time, for a brief, waking dream, and then to return from that dream feeling better about life and people. If...

Sweet, deep, heart warming, and funny

By DurWi
This movie is a delight. A perfectly subtle and light movie. Animation, especially the backgrounds is lovely, the story sweet with depth. Go see it!...

Simply Amazing!!

By kswmtkid
Get ready to be immersed in the Japanese Culture! From up on Poppy Hill is a home run for any avid Miyazaki fan. If it seems a little slow, just be patient. There is wonderful character development...

A very nice and great Character Development

By JackW5299
This is a nice humanistic story about love, and family. Light hearted in a really good way. Must go...

A must-see!

By LGBTmovieexpert

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Rated PG | For Mild Thematic Elements and Some Incidental Smoking Images