Howl's Moving Castle

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Universal acclaim- based on 313 Ratings

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  • Summary: An amazing new animated adventure that celebrates the power of love to transform and the resiliency of the human spirit in the face of adversity. (Disney)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 40
  2. Negative: 2 out of 40
  1. 100
    An organic, childlike wonder, fabulously unpredictable and seethingly inventive.
  2. 100
    Howl's Moving Castle is one animated epic that has it all: poetic intensity, potent storytelling, vivid and surprising characters, and intoxicating powers of visual imagination.
  3. The worldview, the sense of childlike fun shaded with adult melancholy, and the joyful, serene attention to visual oddity and wordless beauty could only be made in Japan. And, specifically, made by Hayao Miyazaki.
  4. 80
    Miyazaki's animated adaptation of Jones' book is a charming and thoroughly absorbing treat.
  5. A richly inventive, slightly eerie animated movie from Japan.
  6. Consequently, though it's difficult to work out what's going on, it's never boring.
  7. Miyazaki, like an evil sorcerer, has plucked the heart out of Jones's story and left it there to die.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 98 out of 109
  2. Negative: 3 out of 109
  1. ErinG.
    Sep 10, 2005
    10
    This was the best movie that Disney has put its name on in ten years.
  2. Dec 27, 2011
    10
    With thrills, heart, love, visual beauty and humor and the great original score Hayao Miyazaki has directed another fantastic and beautifulWith thrills, heart, love, visual beauty and humor and the great original score Hayao Miyazaki has directed another fantastic and beautiful adeventure. I give this move 95%. Expand
  3. Liz
    Mar 14, 2006
    10
    This movie is...amazing. See it, I'm begging you. Perhaps you aren't really into Japanese Animation. You tbink..."it's just This movie is...amazing. See it, I'm begging you. Perhaps you aren't really into Japanese Animation. You tbink..."it's just cartoons, kid stuff..." Some is. But Miyazaki's movies are "for those who are ten, for those who will be ten, and for those who used to be ten." So please, immerse yourself in the fantastical world of Miyazaki, see it like a child, see it as an adult. You will see something different in each viewing, and this will only make you enjoy it more. Expand
  4. Oct 26, 2010
    10
    I loved this movie! It's definitely in my top 3 favorite movies! Yes some parts i didn't get the FIRST time watching but i still loved it.I loved this movie! It's definitely in my top 3 favorite movies! Yes some parts i didn't get the FIRST time watching but i still loved it. It's perfect for someone who still finds hope in things also if you have a young heart and big imagination! Expand
  5. May 1, 2013
    10
    I'm totally speechless! "Howl's Moving Castle" is a real anime masterpiece! For me it's amazing just like "Spirited Away", i would even say aI'm totally speechless! "Howl's Moving Castle" is a real anime masterpiece! For me it's amazing just like "Spirited Away", i would even say a little better! It's full with action,fantasy and beautiful moments! I really think that if you have no imagination you shouldn't watch movies like this. But if you love magic,dreams and fantasy, no matter how old you are i HIGHLY recommend to you this movie! My final score for Hayao Miyazaki's perfect movie is 10/10 Expand
  6. sarahb.
    Aug 10, 2007
    9
    I loved this moving . the cast and the characters . i wish they would make a howls moving castle 2 . like the book castle in the air but more I loved this moving . the cast and the characters . i wish they would make a howls moving castle 2 . like the book castle in the air but more by the book not peoples ideas very one should read castle in the sky after this moving and howls moving castle the book . howl and Sophie just might have a kid and her sister read both books to find out !!!! Expand
  7. Jim
    Sep 26, 2008
    1
    This movie stinks!

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