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Universal acclaim- based on 292 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)
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. Negative: 3 out of 107
  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 24, 2010
    10
    Japanese Animation still lives on in this super brilliant movie Howl's Moving Castle. the animation was beautiful, the characters wereJapanese Animation still lives on in this super brilliant movie Howl's Moving Castle. the animation was beautiful, the characters were amazing, and the visuals kick a**. Expand
  5. Mar 23, 2013
    10
    One Of The Most Creative Movies I Have Seen In Along Time! Along With All Of Ghibli's Other Movies It's Visually Stunning!
  6. AliC
    Sep 27, 2005
    9
    'It's like dreaming....' says Sophie half way through the film. I couldn't have put it better myself. Watching Miyazaki 'It's like dreaming....' says Sophie half way through the film. I couldn't have put it better myself. Watching Miyazaki movies is like having a brilliant dream: this is the best of his movies that I have seen. It's tighter, with a stronger narrative thread, and avoids going too far along the surreal, blob-lined tangents that Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away linger on. As always, the visuals are exceptionally beautiful, breathtaking in a way that non-animation landscapes can never hope to match. We watched it exhausted after a day of packing before a house move, and yet were gripped and enchanted for the full two hours of the movie, with idiot grins fixed on our faces both during it and for at least an hour afterwards. Wonderful. Expand
  7. Jim
    Sep 26, 2008
    1
    This movie stinks!

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