• Released
  • March 15, 2013
  • (NY, LA; Limited Expansion 3/22)
  • PG , 1 hr 31 min
  • Animated
    Drama
  • 93 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Yokohama teens try to save their school's clubhouse from being demolished.

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Critic Ratings

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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Your kids may will fall in love with it, if you help them find it.
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80

Time Out New York

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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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75

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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65

NPR

By Scott Tobias
It's the warm tenor of the film that ultimately rescues it.
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63

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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63

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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63

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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60

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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50

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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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The movie looks lovely, but it's luminous prose.
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Rated PG | For Mild Thematic Elements and Some Incidental Smoking Images