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Universal acclaim- based on 241 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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  1. Positive: 34 out of 40
  2. Negative: 2 out of 40
  1. Perfect for anyone with a youthful heart and a rich imagination.
  2. It's one of the best and strangest films of Miyazaki's career.
  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. It is almost inevitable that Miyazaki, often compared to C.S. Lewis and J.K. Rowling, should have found in Diana Wynne Jones a kindred spirit.
  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: 95 out of 102
  2. Negative: 3 out of 102
  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 beautiful adeventure. I give this move 95%. Expand
  3. CrystalT.
    Mar 13, 2006
    10
    other than inuyasha and fruits basket it was the best anime movie.
  4. KorennaY.
    Oct 25, 2008
    10
    This Movie Is The Best Anime Movie I Have Ever Seen In My Life! It seems to me that im obessed of it but who cares.
  5. Jun 23, 2012
    10
    Another masterpiece from Hayao Miyazaki. In addition an amazing design, the film also has a wonderful story that, in a simple and effective, teaches us many things and manages to inspire all. 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 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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