Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. 100
    One of the most visually inventive films I have ever seen.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Its breadth, profundity, and stunningly rendered vision make idealism seem renewed and breathtaking again.
  3. A dazzling movie, gorgeous to look at, involving on both emotional and intellectual levels, and often thrilling.
  4. 40
    Wacky, vividly conceived but mundanely executed cartoon fantasy.
  5. Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    Rarely does any film, animated or otherwise, immerse you in such a vivid landscape and engage your senses so strongly.
  6. A visually stunning film.
  7. The majestic pageant of images - no sylvan landscape has been this indelibly, dimensionally alive - is inextricably welded to the multifold spiritual / ecological questions about the future that Miyazaki is contemplating.
  8. More thoughtful and varied than the average Hollywood cartoon.
  9. In theme and technique, it pushes the boundaries of animation and opens up new and imaginative possibilities.
  10. A rare spectacle on the big screen.
  11. Reviewed by: Andy Seiler
    A must-see for animation fans.
  12. A thing of beauty and imagination.
  13. 70
    Its imagery is never less than breathtakingly beautiful, and is occasionally truly awesome
  14. 78
    A film for the young at heart and those who still appreciate honor, valor, love, and the earth.
  15. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Has the effect of making the average Disney film look like just another toy story.
  16. 90
    A big movie for the ages, full to the brim with sympathy, imagination and sheer visual delight.
  17. Amore satisfying use of the medium would be difficult to imagine.
  18. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    A landmark feat of Japanese animation from the acknowledged master of the genre.
  19. 80
    Complex, superbly rendered, and wildly eccentric anime-even by Miyazaki's own standards.
  20. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    Opinionated magic and mayhem
  21. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    The beauty and scale of Miyazaki's vision shines through.
  22. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Exceedingly imaginative, beautifully realized animated epic adventure.
  23. The film's storytelling and heartfelt pantheism are both impressive.
  24. 70
    A Zeitgeist potpourri, strung with late-20th-century fear and anxiety.
  25. 70
    While Mononoke is often gorgeous to look at and has a far more sophisticated story than most Japanese animated features, it still feels overlong and dramatically unengaging.
  26. 70
    Much more mythic and risk-taking than the usual Hollywood product.
  27. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    It's Miyazaki's use of sound--and silence--that takes your breath away
  28. As spectacular as it is dense and as dense as it is colorful and as colorful as it is meaningless and as meaningless as it is long.
  29. Like a lot of anime, it's overlong and gets way too metaphysical at the end, but ultimately, this is a Princess worth worshipping.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 238 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 102
  2. Negative: 2 out of 102
  1. ChrisO
    Jan 4, 2010
    Amazing film, why the mediocre critic reviews? I'd put this up with and maybe beyond spirited away.
  2. Sep 29, 2011
    "Princess Mononoke" is simply a masterpiece. The characters have the capacity to develop itself into any type; romance, action, horror, and so on. The story is simply linear but very symbolistic in diverse ways. It's a definite must-watch. Full Review »
  3. ScottL.
    Nov 25, 2007
    This is one of those films in which it's so good, that at the end you wish for another installment; a sequel, however you know there can't be one, for it would ruin the film's good name. Sheer visual beauty (lush greens of open, gusty fields and vast mountains that surpass imagination) meets an epic soundtrack the brings tears to one's eyes (a melody played throughout the movie which will stick in your psyche for years as you endlessly hum the adventurous tune to yourself and an ending piano number that, after hearing the song I previously described, might just make you burst into tears, as it casts a feeling of overwhelming spirituality that truly remains with you for a long time) In the end, the movie is about love, hatred, death, friendship, rivalry, happiness, anger, glee, sorrow, and being a human being. However, overall, it's about being alive. I never thought an animated film, let alone an anime, could be so purely great. If this isn't Oscar material, I have no clue in hell nor space what is. -Scott L. Full Review »