Howl's Moving Castle

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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: 99 out of 110
  2. Negative: 3 out of 110
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. CrystalT.
    Mar 13, 2006
    10
    other than inuyasha and fruits basket it was the best anime movie.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Sep 29, 2011
    9
    "Howl's Moving Castle" is amazing with powerful visuals. Mostly the symbolism of the movie, that life can be seen through adversity, was very"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. Expand
  7. Jim
    Sep 26, 2008
    1
    This movie stinks!

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