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Based on 20 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The movie looks lovely, but it's luminous prose. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Even with no wood sprites, witches or spells, there’s plenty of magic in this coming-of-age charmer. show more

  • 65
    Scott Tobias NPR

    It's the warm tenor of the film that ultimately rescues it. show more

  • 100
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Your kids may will fall in love with it, if you help them find it. show more

  • 75
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    It’s a film heavily dependent on tone and atmosphere for its charm, the budding relationship shown through things like a lovely twilight bike ride down a hill to the shops below. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The artistry is peaceful and comforting to the eyes but not especially stirring. Given the pictorial extremes that Studio Ghibli has gone to in the past, "Up on Poppy Hill" is weak tea. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Poppy Hill doubtless plays most strongly to Japanese audiences — especially the musical score made up of old-timey jazz and early-’60s pop that sounds like corn syrup to Western ears — but its central conflict is gentle, unyielding, and universal. Which is to say that it turns out to be a Hayao Miyazaki movie after all. show more

  • 63
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    It’s a lovely film, a sentimental parable that carefully recreates a post-war Japan obsessed with obliterating its past. show more

  • 50
    Slant Magazine

    The story arc is somewhat facile, and its lesson about preserving history instead of demolishing it to make way for new, shiny things is too obvious. show more

  • 80
    Time Out New York

    From Up on Poppy Hill — cowritten by Miyazaki, and directed by his son Goro — shows a different side of the Japanese animation house, one that finds equal wonder in comparatively mundane affairs. show more

  • April 07, 2013 thevisitor967
    Report This User

    Although I don\'t care for the title, I loved FROM UP ON POPPY HILL. I felt I was in another world and time. And I got the need to hold on to the past in order to handle the future. I felt the drawings of the hill, town and harbor were terrific.

  • March 31, 2013 fs00000000131109
    Report This User

    Great and enjoyable film, Watched at the infamous cinearts dome theater in Pleasant Hill made it a even better experience!! A++++

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