Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 40
  2. Negative: 2 out of 40
  1. The movie made almost no sense whatever to me. I literally could not follow it, even as I was dazzled by it.
  2. Miyazaki, like an evil sorcerer, has plucked the heart out of Jones's story and left it there to die.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 262 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 104
  2. Negative: 3 out of 104
  1. Dec 27, 2011
    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%. Full Review »
  2. Sep 29, 2011
    "Howl's Moving Castle" is amazing with powerful visuals. Mostly the symbolism of the movie, that life can be seen through adversity, was very touching and true. It's a movie you would like and become spellbound to. Full Review »
  3. KenE.
    Mar 22, 2006
    It was almost totally incomprehensable. I was pretty much hoping they would finally fall over a cliff and get it over with.... a huge dissapointment given the glowing ratings from most sources. Full Review »