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Spirited Away

Adventure . Fantasy . Family . Animation

Spirited Away is an Oscar winning Japanese animated film about a ten year old girl who wanders away from her parents along a path that leads to a world ruled by strange and unusual monster-like animals. Her parents have been changed into pigs along with others inside a bathhouse full of these creatures. Will she ever see the world how it once was?

Actors: Tsunehiko Kamijô , Koba Hayashi , Yo Oizumi , Yumi Tamai , Tatsuya Gashûin , Yasuko Sawaguchi , Takashi Naitô , Mari Natsuki , Miyu Irino , Rumi Hiiragi
Directors: Hayao Miyazaki
Country: JAPAN
Release: 2003-03-28
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  • Michael Sragow

    A visual masterpiece about a scared little girl's breathtaking journey of self-discovery. All of the fun is getting there.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Yet its visual surrealism, identity-bending and strong social/ecological message make it as much an allegory as a fable.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    Turns everything we know about the contemporary world on its head, and substitutes it with one in which spirits, monsters, magicians and animals mix it up in a carnival of energy, good humor and freewheeling illusion.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Luke Y. Thompson

    Probably like nothing you've ever seen before. In a cool world, it would be guaranteed not only the Best Animated Feature Oscar, but Best Picture as well.

    New Times (L.A.) Full Review
  • Frank Lovece

    Serenely stunning.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Wondrously strange and just plain wonderful.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    A Japanese cross between "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Wizard of Oz" -- is such a landmark in animation that labeling it a masterpiece almost seems inadequate.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    A triumph of psychological depth and artistic brilliance offered as the magical adventures of one skinny little girl.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • David Chute

    Does full honor to Miyazaki’s teeming and often unsettling landscape, and to the conflicted complexity of his characters: Not a single frame was cut, and the voice casting and performances are uniformly excellent.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Artful but not arty, Spirited Away is a handcrafted cartoon, as personal as an Utamaro painting, yet its breadth and heart give it an appeal that should touch American viewers of all ages.

    Time Full Review
  • Derek Elley

    An out-and-out charmer. It's almost impossible to do justice in words either to the visual richness of the movie, which melanges traditional Japanese clothes and architecture with both Victorian and modern-day artifacts, or to the character-filled storyline, with human figures, harpies and grotesque creatures.

    Variety Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Prepare to be astonished by Spirited Away.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    It's enchanting and delightful in its own way, and has a good heart. It is the best animated film of recent years, the latest work by Hayao Miyazaki, the Japanese master who is a god to the Disney animators.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    The most deeply and mysteriously satisfying animated feature to come along in ages.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Patrick Peters

    The fact that Miyazaki and his team hand-draw the images before they're digitally coloured and animated gives them an artistry that has been woefully lacking from so many recent American features.

    Empire Full Review
  • Luke Y. Thompson

    It would be a masterpiece in any language.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Director Hayao Miyazaki treats his audience as imaginative and intelligent human beings, rather than catering to kids with rote displays of silliness, stunts and scares.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Miyazaki is the Pied Piper -- see Spirited Away and you'll follow him anywhere.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • J. Hoberman

    A very nutty fruitcake, Spirited Away is characterized by wonderfully detailed animation, packed with incident and populated by all manner of comic creatures.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    A wonderful encore, marked by the painstaking attention to detail and artful balance between terror and joy that make Miyazak's work unique.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    The towering, lost dreaminess at the heart of the film is an unmistakable obsession of this director.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ted Shen

    Enchanting and impressively crafted.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • David Hunter

    Spirited dazzles and entertains like no other movie this year. It also comes to a satisfying conclusion and never once seems to take shortcuts. Miyazaki is one of world cinema's most wondrously gifted artists and storytellers.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Fiercely original in every respect.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael Wilmington

    It's a movie full of bewitching images and timeless fun and beauty.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Don Irvine

    The most successful film ever released in Japan, and co-winner of the top prize at this year's Berlin film festival, Spirited Away is a complete reversal of the Hollywood way with animation.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Offers a ride worth taking -- an excursion through a fantastical pop universe that is pure, enchanting magic. Try it; you'll like it.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Overall, while Spirited Away may not be as complex and imaginative as "Princess Mononoke" in some areas, it is as beautifully rendered and no less sophisticated in its outlook. Miyazaki has provided another triumph, and, in the midst of the quality fall-off of Disney’s in-house animated projects, a reason for animation-lovers to rejoice.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    It will disturb you as much as thrill you, make you wonder whether the boundaries between life and death, reality and fantasy, imagination and insanity are ever what they appear to be. Full Review
  • Jane Horwitz

    Old myths and wonder tales spun afresh.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    This movie -- which is equally appealing to children (those of adventurous, non-freak-outable spirit), Japanese animation (anime) fans, and any surviving acquaintances of Timothy Leary -- is so full of invention, you might want to take a breather now and then.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    Too intense for the youngest viewers, but teenagers will enjoy it -- an ill-smelling "stink-god" character is almost worthy of a Kevin Smith gross-out movie -- and grown-ups should find it diverting, if not exactly deep.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Delivers chunks of ''Yellow Submarine'' and ''The Phantom Tollbooth'' -- a vividly timeless oddity suitable for many children and most stoners.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • William Arnold

    Has the power to transport us to a different place. The spark of special anime magic here is unmistakable and hard to resist.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • C.W. Nevius

    A lovely, evocative tour de force. So why does it seem we should be enjoying it more?

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
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