Howl's Moving Castle Synopsis
A witch (Akihiro Miwa) transforms a young woman (Chieko Baishô) into a crone.
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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...
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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...
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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

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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...
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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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By Belle555
IT WAS AN AMAZING MOVIE FULL OF IMAGINATION, ADVENTURE, FANTASY, AND EVEN SOME ROMANCE!...

One of the Best Miyazaki Movies EVER!

By Kemuri134
This is one of my favorite Hayao Miyazaki movies. I have watched both the subbed and dubbed versions. Normally, the subbed version is better than the dubbed version. However, the dubbed version of...

Hayao Miyazaki has done it again!

By holly300
well this film is absolutely a must-see!! the dubbing is great, the storyline is amazing, and its based on a book! my only warning is that there are some scary images that might frighten little...

Hayao Miyazaki has done it again!!!! :D

By BubblePopper
I must applaud Miyazaki for being a great director, including Hisaishi's music . This movie is transformed from Diana Wayne Jones novel to a great anime movie. Since it was dubbed with the cast...

2nd Best anime film!!!

By kingdomheartsLoverTWEWY
1st best: Tales from Earthsea2nd: Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle...

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The best movie

By Skylovehobbitandu
The best movie you will ever see...

Amazing

By clevercr7
I was new to all this anime movement, but this movie was definitely great, there's just so much more you can with animation......

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Rated PG | For frightening images and brief mild language