Ponyo Synopsis
A young goldfish (Noah Cyrus) embarks on a quest to become human.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
One of Miyazaki's most kid-accessible movies, but still an unnerving film.
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The Hollywood Reporter

It is a work of great fantasy and charm that will delight children ages 3 to 100.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Don't tell Walt Disney, but Hayao Miyazaki really holds the keys to the magic kingdom.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
There is a word to describe Ponyo, and that word is magical. This poetic, visually breathtaking work by the greatest of all animators has...
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Wall Street Journal

If the plot of Ponyo is small as a minnow, its themes--the relationship between parent and child, between the young and the elderly,...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Miyazaki works marvels. Sit back and behold.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
You watch a Miyazaki film with the pie-eyed, gape-mouthed awe of a child being read the most fantastic story and suddenly transported to...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Miyazaki creates fascinating, fluid and whimsical scenarios.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
A movie loaded with strange delights.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Trippy in the right way, and wholly enchanting.
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PONYO - SWEPT ME ALONG! Rating: 94 out of 100. (Based on advance press preview)

PONYO is a 1hr 41min animated movie by animation maestro and master story-teller/director, Hayao Miyazaki - winner of 2002 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for SPIRITED AWAY. PONYO -...

Cute, happy, beautiful

By jmvanderpol
This film, though obviously for young children, was a great watch. From the second Ponyo emerges she will keep you captivated. The scenes are beautifully stylized with a fun and cheerful feel. There...

Ponyo is truly lovely

By mahmut-orphu
This movie is absolutely the best kids movie ever, even better than Wall-e, and we love Wall-e! Ponyo captures the innocence of childhood. You get caught up in the magic, seeing the world through the...

Miyazaki can do no wrong.

By alexjatkins
Big Miyazaki fan here, I own all of his films. I saw this in english subtitles about 2 weeks ago. My friend teaches Japanese exchange students at a nearby campus and one of her girls brought this...

Preview of movie

By wonderclown2003
I saw a preview of the movie Monday August 10. It was great! If you liked Spirited Away then you will love Ponyo. Ponyo kept my attention and all the kids in the audience. It should be nominated...

Not for pre-schoolers!!

By movie-going-mom
Took my five year old son to the movie. He really liked it but I found it disturbing! The boy plays at the ocean by himself with his mother's consent; the mother refers to someone as a weirdo;...

Five Word Review

By nyonzon
This movie is so ADORABLE...

Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli are brilliant

By LindsayMo
The movie is outstanding from beggining to end. Hayao Miyazaki films are visually stunning and he is one of the greatest storytellers. His imagination and what he incorparate into his movies are one...


By Kelcle
My boyfriend and I love all of the studio Ghibli movies, so it was no surprise that we loved Ponyo. Like all Miyazaki movies, it was a bit strange but that's whats so great about his movies. If you...

“PONYO” – A Charming animated film about a Fish Out of Water = Rating: 8 of 10 stars.

By jimchudnow
Studio Ghibli helped prepare this finely-done Japanese animated film with English-speaking actors doing voice-overs: LIAM NEESON voices an underwater wizard who controls the creatures there, 1 of whom...

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