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: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Feb 26, 2014
    100
    This is a gorgeous production, even by Miyazaki's standards.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Feb 20, 2014
    90
    It is vigorous, subtle, thematically daring, visually gorgeous.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Feb 20, 2014
    88
    It makes the dream of flight itself a vehicle for bittersweet enchantment.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Sep 12, 2013
    90
    A very honest film from a great Japanese artist.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 137 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 31
  2. Negative: 4 out of 31
  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 »