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Howl's Moving Castle

7.8
55,592
Ratings
Year
2004
Country
Japan
Director
Cast
Animation
Genre
Animation. Fantasy. Adventure. Romance | Magic. Steampunk
Synopsis
Young Sophie is eighteen, and works tirelessly every day making hats in her deased father’s hat shop. One day, on a rare outing to town, Sophie accidentally encounters the Wizard Howl. Howl is dashingly handsome, yet as wizards go, he’s a bit of a wimp. The Witch of the Waste misinterprets the nature of the relationship between the two and casts a spell on Sophie, transforming her into a withered ninety-year-old woman. Sophie leaves ... [+]
Author Review
United StatesUnited States M
David Ansen
Newsweek
"'Howl's Moving Castle' has the logic of a dream: behind every door lie multiple realities, one more astonishing than the next."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Roger Ebert
rogerebert.com
"While the movie contains delights and inventions without pause and has undeniable charm (...) while it has the Miyazaki visual wonderment, it's a disappointment, compared to his recent work (…) Rating: ★★½ (out of 4)"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
A. O. Scott
The New York Times
"Not that children are the only viewers likely to be haunted and beguiled by 'Howl's Moving Castle' -- all that is needed are open eyes and an open heart."  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Ella Taylor
LA Weekly
"Another soulful gem from the peerless Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian
"A touching parable about the transforming power of love and the scary burden of youth (...) It is a lovely film for all ages (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Andrew Osmond
Empire
"An anime riddle wrapped in an enigma – though with all his usual charm, wit and hand-drawn beauty (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
"The movie's dreamlike spaces and characters are sometimes worthy of Lewis Carroll."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Ed Gonzalez
Slant
"What the film lacks in backstory, subtext, even logic and emotion, it more than makes up in sheer force of invention (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 4)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Ken Tucker
New York Magazine
"In the best moments of 'Howl's Moving Castle' and in his extraordinary body of work, Miyazaki teaches his viewers more valuable lessons"  POS
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