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Porco Rosso

Animation. Fantasy. Adventure | 1930s. Planes. Pirates
In Early 1930's era Italy, air pirates, bounty hunters and high flyers of all sorts rule the skies. The most cunning and skilled of these pilots is Porco Rosso, a man cursed with the head of a pig after watching the spirits of the pilots killed in the last air battle he fought in rise to the heavens. He now makes a living taking jobs, such as rescuing those kidnapped by air pirates. Donald Curtis, Porco's rival in the air and in ... [+]
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United StatesUnited States F
Jeannette Catsoulis
The New York Times
"Miyazaki smooshes fantasy and history into a pastel-pretty yarn as irresistible as his feminism."  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
"'Porco Rosso' was initially conceived as a short film for Japan Airlines, and its roots show in its delight with aviation and the experience of flight, but also in its somewhat shapeless plot."  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Rob Mackie
The Guardian
"The animation is delightful, colourful and detailed (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Sloan Freer
Radio Times
"Miyazaki's animation is rich and imaginative with a vibrancy that will delight young and old alike. However the adult-orientated storyline isn't quite as accomplished (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
James Berardinelli
"Although the story may not be top-notch Miyazaki, there’s plenty of eye candy. The action scenes, of which there are several, are lively and will keep children engaged (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 4)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Chris Cabin
"[It] rather successfully seeks to balance familiar elements of Hollywood entertainments and Miyazaki’s own contemplative philosophies and imaginative, self-effacing personality (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
"Miyazaki never really explains why his aviator hero has been transformed into a pig (...) and the perfunctory climax fails to tie up any of the themes (...) But this is masterful storytelling in every other respect"  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
William Thomas
"It's solid Miyazaki, although he has reached greater heights both before and since (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
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