Spirited Away Synopsis
Lost in a forest, a 10-year-old girl (Daveigh Chase) meets animals, ghosts and weird creatures.
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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...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Wondrously strange and just plain wonderful.
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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...
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Rolling Stone

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

By Wesley Morris
Delivers chunks of ''Yellow Submarine'' and ''The Phantom Tollbooth'' -- a vividly timeless oddity suitable for many children and most...
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Miyazaki Top Films

By Moonpuzzle
Aside from his well loved My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away was the first to hit the screen and win Best Animation. Unlike some animations this movie has beautiful movement that is fluid and well...

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By The Cow Pharaoh
A incredible movie Hayao Miyazaki at his best. It has a very unique story and beautifully animated. A movie that should be seen and enjoyed....

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one of the greatest animated movies ive ever seen...

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By rocketjsl357
visually captivating... Miyazaki paints a beautifully imaginative, and a wonderfully surreal yet somehow realistic world. a deeply touching and affecting piece. A must-see! (4.5/5 stars)...


By conlanduke
Miyazaki is indeed a genius of cinema. Everything that he has created to amazing, detailed, and just purely breath taking. But then there is Spirited Away that is his ultimate creation. The voice...

2nd Best anime film!

By kingdomheartsLoverTWEWY
My 1st favorite anime film: Tales from2nd: Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle"Once you meet someone, you never really forget them." If you like this movie, see Tales from Earthsea. This and the...

Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi

By LemonLemon99
The greatest anime movie ever. Even better than Ponyo and Kiki's delivery service, and those were great! There was humor, drama, and amazemaent. The little mouse was the funniest character. (Just to...

The Anime Masterpiece.

By BubblePopper
This is Miyazaki's perfect masterpiece in which he won all the awards for which he was nominated, and the first anime movie to recieve an Academy Award. This movie surprised me, cause it's from Japan....

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Rated PG | For Some Scary Moments
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 9+ Magnificent movie with scary creatures and a strong heroine.
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