100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Perfect for anyone with a youthful heart and a rich imagination.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The worldview, the sense of childlike fun shaded with adult melancholy, and the joyful, serene attention to visual oddity and wordless beauty could only be made in Japan. And, specifically, made by Hayao Miyazaki.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A moveable feast of delights.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
There's a word for the kind of comic, dramatic, romantic, transporting visions Miyazaki achieves in Howl's: bliss.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Clever and often enchanting.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
It is almost inevitable that Miyazaki, often compared to C.S. Lewis and J.K. Rowling, should have found in Diana Wynne Jones a kindred spirit.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
A richly inventive, slightly eerie animated movie from Japan.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

A wise and wonderful parable.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The filmmaker's obsessions have got the better of him. That said, I can't recommend the film highly enough, since bad Miyazaki is still leagues better than anyone else.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Richard James Havis
Consequently, though it's difficult to work out what's going on, it's never boring.
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80 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.