• Studio: Gkids
  • Release Date: Mar 15, 2013
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 57
  2. Negative: 7 out of 57
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  1. May 4, 2013
    One of Ghibli's best, very much akin to Whispers of the Heart but without the magic cats, and with characters a bit more down to earth, with a greater sense of community.
  2. Mar 18, 2013
    From Up on Poppy Hill is a beautiful film. It has charm, harmony and hopefull for new generations. Like "Only Yesterday" and "Ocean Waves", "From Up on Poppy Hill" is an another traditional and folklore Studio Ghibli film.
  3. Nov 27, 2013
    From Up on Poppy Hill is a simple-yet nostalgic and sweet story. The characters are likable. The main characters is a realistic and beautiful heroine. The story itself will bring back that sense of nostalgia you get thinking about your first love; or just when you where young and in school. Definitely one of my favorite Hayao Miyazaki films.
  4. Sep 27, 2013
    Another Ghibli masterpiece. Great story, top-tier animation, and a great story make this an all around winner. The plot may be difficult for young children to follow, this is a more mature story.
  5. Mar 23, 2013
    The film was visually stunning and emotionally captivating. Studio Ghibli always manages to pull the audience out of reality and lets them become part of a whole new dimension.
  6. Mar 27, 2013
    Very beautiful movie. The movie really captures an old yet youthful atmosphere in a Japan in change. Where old meets young. DON'T watch the trailer before you see the movie and if possible, watch the movie in Japanese.
  7. Jul 5, 2013
    With all of the emotions there with wonderful animation, "From Up on Poppy Hill" is delightful. While it's not as deeply plotted as it could have been, Umi's story is courageous and beautiful, leaving adults more than children to be appealed. It's simply pure Ghibli magic.

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Aug 3, 2013
    Goro Miyazaki’s film is about the point at which we decide not what we want to be when we grow up, but who, and the way the tiniest moments in our lives often have the most far-reaching effect.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Aug 2, 2013
    It's a light, breezy 1960s-set coming-of-age tale that strives to convey something of how Japan rebuilt itself after the traumas of the second world war.
  3. Reviewed by: Owen Williams
    Jul 29, 2013
    Not on a par with Ghibli's greatest work like Totoro or Spirited Away but not without charms of its own. A solid second effort from Miyazaki Junior.