Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Feb 27, 2014
    88
    A movie that takes the hallmarks of a great career and elevates them to new heights. In terms of tone, visual beauty, and storytelling, The Wind Rises represents Miyazaki at the apex of his abilities.
  2. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Nov 7, 2013
    100
    Miyazaki offers a vivid, at times fantastical view of Japan between the wars, wracked by the Great Depression, a fearsome earthquake that leveled Tokyo in 1923, a tuberculosis epidemic and the rise of fascism.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Feb 20, 2014
    88
    It's a big story, and in this landmark film Miyazaki is up to every demand. Sit back and behold.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Nov 8, 2013
    83
    His movie is visually as beautiful as anything he’s ever done. Conceptually, it’s muddled. The collision between poetic fancifulness and grim reality, between peace and war, never falls into focus. Miyazaki has seized on a great theme only to soft-pedal it.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Feb 20, 2014
    88
    Should you see it? Of course you should. Anything Miyazaki does is worth your time. But the movie’s a gorgeous, problematic anomaly in an illustrious career.
  6. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Nov 7, 2013
    100
    To see The Wind Rises is to simultaneously marvel at the work of a master and regret that this film is likely his last.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jan 9, 2014
    80
    What's on screen is a gorgeous grab bag of notions: ardent love, a salute to Thomas Mann's "The Magic Mountain," a bit of "Camille" and a lot — I mean a lot — of nuts-and-bolts stuff about nuts and bolts.
  8. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Nov 7, 2013
    75
    Jiro is a thoughtful engineer and a romantic, not a soldier. And The Wind Rises conveys the visual poetry of its titular reference.
  9. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Feb 26, 2014
    89
    It speaks to both the head and the heart, and it is, in myriad ways, some of the best work the legendary animator has ever created.
  10. 80
    It’s romantic, tragic, and inexorably strange.
  11. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Feb 20, 2014
    88
    It makes the dream of flight itself a vehicle for bittersweet enchantment.
  12. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Feb 27, 2014
    100
    The film is visually sumptuous, morally ambiguous, dramatic and dreamlike, with a narrative as engrossing as any live-action movie of 2013. It’s easy to follow yet hard to shake.
  13. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Feb 27, 2014
    90
    A work of immense mystery and strangeness, loaded with unforgettable images, spectacular sweeps of color and nested, hidden meanings. It feels to me like a meditative epic about Japan’s traumatic journey into modernity, and a complicated allegory about the innocence, arrogance and culpability of artists. It’s one of the most beautiful animated films ever made, and something close to a masterpiece.
  14. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Feb 20, 2014
    75
    Of Miyazaki’s many gifts as a filmmaker, perhaps the most subtle is the way he honors time and silence and stillness, values that are in lamentably short supply in most modern-day productions.
  15. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Feb 20, 2014
    75
    The work is more muted than Miyazaki’s more fantastical films, but visually complex and gorgeous, from the rustic mountain scenes to the urban scenes and soaring aerial views.
  16. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Nov 8, 2013
    60
    The movie’s spell is solid, even if it doesn’t soar to the heights it could.
  17. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Feb 20, 2014
    80
    Though it’s just slightly over two hours long, The Wind Rises has the historical sweep of a David Lean picture, complete with panoramic shots of migrating populations against a background of disaster and a romantic orchestral score by Miyazaki’s longtime musical collaborator, Joe Hisaishi.
  18. 75
    The Wind Rises was a dream project for the great Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, and this gorgeous film makes a fine capstone for his career.
  19. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Feb 20, 2014
    90
    It is vigorous, subtle, thematically daring, visually gorgeous.
  20. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Feb 27, 2014
    80
    he beauty of The Wind Rises — and it really is gorgeous — does not mask the troublesome aspects of its story, or of human nature itself.
  21. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Sep 12, 2013
    100
    Miyazaki is at the peak of his visual craftsmanship here, alternating lush, boldly colored rural vistas with epic, crowded urban canvases, soaring aerial perspectives and test flights both majestic and ill-fated.
  22. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Feb 27, 2014
    63
    Typically lovely to look at, with big-eyed young people espousing high ideals amid natural splendor. But outside of their bubble, a prickly history looms, and Miyazaki’s dubious attitude toward the wartime role of his hero makes the movie a mixed blessing.
  23. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Feb 28, 2014
    60
    Does The Wind Rises represent Miyazaki at the top of his game? No, not really. But it could be Miyazaki at the end of the game, and that alone is reason enough to appreciate the film for the things it offers rather than hammer it too hard for the things it lacks.
  24. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Sep 11, 2013
    83
    The grim subtext of The Wind Rises goes largely unacknowledged, leading to a gaping hole in this otherwise beautifully realized narrative that celebrates the power of curiosity as a motivating force.
  25. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Feb 26, 2014
    100
    This is a gorgeous production, even by Miyazaki's standards.
  26. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Feb 20, 2014
    70
    While the film’s individual moments and images are often fantastically wrought, the story elements often seem as unintegrated as the moral exegesis.
  27. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Feb 20, 2014
    75
    Miyazaki is arguably at the Kubrick/Polanski level, where his lesser films still yield great rewards. Even during the moments that don't soar, The Wind Rises continues to satisfy.
  28. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Nov 6, 2013
    67
    While The Wind Rises isn’t top-shelf Miyazaki, it features more than enough gorgeous imagery to make his loss feel acute. Studio Ghibli will surely continue without him, but it’ll never be the same.
  29. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Nov 7, 2013
    80
    Mr. Miyazaki renders Jiro’s life and dreams with lyrical elegance and aching poignancy.
  30. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Sep 12, 2013
    90
    A very honest film from a great Japanese artist.
  31. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Sep 11, 2013
    80
    There are visual flights of fancy here as glorious as anything Miyazaki’s studio has created, but the story is rooted in a country trudging towards its own destruction.
  32. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Nov 6, 2013
    60
    Jiro’s genius is godlike, but his personality is nonexistent; time is too-briskly spanned, then ground into blow-by-blow melodrama.
  33. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Nov 5, 2013
    80
    An emotionally generous and expansively detailed romantic fantasy.
  34. Reviewed by: Dan Jolin
    May 5, 2014
    80
    While Miyazaki’s two-hour-long, historical-melodrama swansong is destined to be his most divisive film yet, it is also his most adult and interesting, and never less than visually breathtaking throughout.
  35. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Sep 21, 2013
    100
    Even if Hayao Miyazaki's career is complete, a work like this serves to remind us of the shining beacons he's left behind him, the testaments to pursuing beauty in the face of so much ugliness, themselves lasting reminders of the quiet rewards of determination.
  36. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    Sep 12, 2013
    91
    It might not be the director's most immediately accessible films, but it's among his most fascinating and beguiling.
  37. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Feb 28, 2014
    75
    Wind is both benign and ominous.
  38. Reviewed by: Xan Brooks
    Sep 12, 2013
    60
    A gorgeous yet ultimately frustrating tribute to the Japanese airplane designer Jiro Horikoshi.
  39. Reviewed by: Bruce Ingram
    Feb 20, 2014
    88
    If The Wind Rises falls a bit short in regard to historical drama, however, it’s still a Miyazaki movie, meaning he casts the same magically beautiful spell.
  40. Reviewed by: Keith Staskiewicz
    Nov 6, 2013
    91
    As gorgeously animated as any of his previous movies, Wind has Miyazaki trading in his more fantastical impulses for contemplative, old-fashioned drama and period detail.
  41. Reviewed by: Hannah Lamarque
    May 21, 2014
    80
    Unlike many of Miyazaki's previous works, The Wind Rises is a film rooted far more firmly in realism. Although it does have its fair share of fantastical dream sequences and magical flying machines.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 131 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29
  1. Nov 9, 2013
    10
    I recently watched this film when I was in Japan (which I believe released in June). This is unlike most Miyazaki movies, as it is far deeper and more "adult" than most of his other films. It still has a light hearted, and stunning art style. It also has themes and messages, regarding World War 2, and lays out these messages very subtly. This movie wont be for everyone, since it is not traditional Miyazaki fare. However, this movie should not go unseen. Miyazaki's final film is something you will ponder for a long while. Full Review »
  2. Nov 9, 2013
    9
    I tried to score 10 but, finally, I decided to score 9. "The Wind Rises" is like a Gabriel García Márquez's book. Miyazaki combines magical realism with traditional Japanese customs. If Isao Takahata gave a masterpiece about World War II titled "Grave of the Fireflies", Hayao Miyazaki brings most adult film ever for audiences. "The Wind Rises" is very difficult for some people because they aren't trained for these films. "The Wind Rises" must win next Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Full Review »
  3. Nov 13, 2013
    10
    Wondeful movie! Best animated feature I've watched ever. Charmful and controversial. It's truly swan song for Miyazaki. Like "Grave of the Fireflies" or "Porco Rosso", "The Wind Rises" is 100% recommended. Full Review »