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.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Peter TraversABC News
    Japanese manga master Hayao Miyazaki, 83, came out of retirement for this hand-drawn beauty about his own life growing up in wartime. The Oscar for best animated feature belongs right here since Miyazaki’s unparalleled artistry shines out of every frame.
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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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    Calum CooperThe People's Movies
    The Boy and the Heron is another colourful gem to add to the filmography of one of cinema’s greatest contributors.
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    Gautam SunderThe Hindu
    Hayao Miyazaki taps once again into one of his favourite recurring themes, and pulls out all the stops to truly immerse us into his vision, indulgent and crowded at times though it may be.
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    Diana TuovaSpotlight on Film
    The Boy and the Heron is Miyazaki’s most metaphorical animated film to date, a bitter-sweet adventure story that, in a nutshell, portrays a bumpy road in trying to come to terms with one’s traumatic past.
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Jeff BeckThe Blu Spot
    Hayao Miyazaki's The Boy and the Heron provides a sumptuous visual feast for the eyes with its gorgeous animation and fascinating creative designs, but unfortunately it comes up a little short in regards to substantial material for its story & characters.
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