The Boy and the Heron

critic Reviews

, 97% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Soulfully exploring thought-provoking themes through a beautifully animated lens, The Boy and the Heron is another Miyazaki masterpiece.
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    Simran HansMonocle
    I just found it utterly transporting.
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    Tim RobeyMonocle
    Visually, it's about as sumptuous as any of [Studio Ghibli's] films have ever been.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    If this really is Miyazaki’s final word, then it’s a conclusion worthy of his legacy. At the same time, his imagination remains so vast, it feels like he could keep creating forever.
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    Wendy IdeObserver (UK)
    It seems almost churlish to note that this is middling Miyazaki at best.
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    Tara BradyIrish Times
    In tone and design, there are welcome parallels with such Ghibli classics as Princess Mononoke and Howl’s Moving Castle. It’s a thrilling journey for both young viewers and those with more cause to ponder the afterlife.
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    Esther ZuckermanGQ
    The Boy and the Heron is a movie that captures many of Miyazaki's long held obsessions while still managing to innovate in storytelling and visual form.
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    Hannah BrownJerusalem Post
    If you can flow with the feelings behind the movie and see it as a well-observed version of the psyche of a fragile and traumatized child, you will find much to enjoy and, as if it were a dream, you may find yourself thinking about it for days after.
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    Tim BrennanAbout Boulder
    If The Boy and the Heron is the period on the sentence of Miyazaki’s esteemed career, then he will have ended well.
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    John Paul KingWashington Blade
    Stunning to behold, evoking a classic Japanese woodcut brought to life and infused with a powerful spirit of its own; though enhanced and aided by modern technology, the animation is hand-drawn, making its visual perfection even more breathtaking.
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    Hugo Hernández ValdiviaCinexcepción
    Miyazaki, also the author of the script, returns to the imagery that inhabits his filmography and delivers an impressive work. [Full review in Spanish]
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