100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
It is plainly, though not simply, a masterpiece from an acknowledged master of contemporary animation, and a wonderfully welcoming work of art that's as funny and entertaining as it is brilliant, beautiful and deep.
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100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Wondrously strange and just plain wonderful.
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100

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Turns everything we know about the contemporary world on its head, and substitutes it with one in which spirits, monsters, magicians and animals mix it up in a carnival of energy, good humor and freewheeling illusion.
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100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Miyazaki is the Pied Piper -- see Spirited Away and you'll follow him anywhere.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A triumph of psychological depth and artistic brilliance offered as the magical adventures of one skinny little girl.
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100

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Director Hayao Miyazaki treats his audience as imaginative and intelligent human beings, rather than catering to kids with rote displays of silliness, stunts and scares.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It's enchanting and delightful in its own way, and has a good heart. It is the best animated film of recent years, the latest work by Hayao Miyazaki, the Japanese master who is a god to the Disney animators.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

Spirited dazzles and entertains like no other movie this year. It also comes to a satisfying conclusion and never once seems to take shortcuts. Miyazaki is one of world cinema's most wondrously gifted artists and storytellers.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By C.W. Nevius
A lovely, evocative tour de force. So why does it seem we should be enjoying it more?
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Delivers chunks of ''Yellow Submarine'' and ''The Phantom Tollbooth'' -- a vividly timeless oddity suitable for many children and most stoners.
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94 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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