Fantastic! Animation brilliant, story kept me interested throughout. One for the dvd collection - without a doubt.
A classic Japanese movie; beautifully made. Great animation and a thought provoking story line. Each twist in the story caught you by surprise. Easy to see why Miyaki has won so many awards.
OK but failed to deliver on expectations. Main character has a very annoying voice.
Visually beautiful, but failed to engage our 11 year old girls.
My Grandchildren loved it as they have a Japanese background on their father's side. The animation riveting good for adult viewing as the story line was absolutely fascinating it just kept you in suspense all the time. I couldn't stop myself from just being constantly surprised by the strange and unusual characters that were created for this piece of amazing animation
I am familiar with european fairy tails or whatever you wouldcall them, stories from Ireland of lepraucorns etc so quite enjoyed this introduction to japanese folk lore /fairy tale.
we absolutely loved this movie and thank you quickflix for the speedy delivery.
Awesome anime for all ages!
Absolute masterpiece. Love it.
I really, really wanted to love this, but I just couldn't get into it. I found it a bit too slow. I've heard so many great things about it, so maybe it was just me... will try to watch it again in a year or so...
I enjoyed this movie, but obviously not as much as some of the other reviewers. I can understand what some of them are saying, but I found it a more strange than enchanting. The animation is excellent (almost water color like) and completely different to any Disney style animated movie. Not sure if kids would like it. Recommended!
Amazing little film. Very grown up insights into a childs mind -- something we should all be reminded of from time to time.
Rather an interesting movie. It really had me watching for the 'something' that seemed to be just around the corner. Definitely will be checking out some more anime titles.
An enjoyable movie with an interesting plot. It has imaginative visuals and is well animated. The english dubbing was at times a bit second rate but this can be overlooked once you get pulled into the story. A pleasure to watch from beginning to end and a must see for any anime or fantasy fan.
This movie was just amazing and had the whole family glued to the screen. Probably not suitable for very young children (under 5?) as some scenes are a bit scary. Unusual characters and unexpected situations keep you guessing about what will happen next. A a bit like a Japanese version of "Alice in Wonderland"...! Highly recommended for something different.
What a completely satisfying film. A narrative that pleases both children and adults and a creative vision that challenges and liberates the imagination.
Miyazaki's worlds are always creative and Spirited Away's world is wonderful.
A tip - watch the English dub if you must, but watch the film at least once in Japanese with English subs.
I had been wanting to see this for a number of years, as it is highly recommended. My husband and I both thought it was uninspiring and dull. We had watched Howl's Moving Castle previously and the whole family were spellbound by it. I was expecting a similar result with Spirited Away, alas, not so!
One of the greatest amines ever. I did not want it to stop. An incredible visual pleasure. A wonderful story about human nature told through a surreal and over the top dream experience. Complex yet simple. Peaceful yet tumultuous. The experience was more like reading a great book when you see in your mind the story unfold and you devour chapter after chapter till its read cove to cover.
Enjoyed this movie, children deffinately need a parent watching it with them enjoyed the annimation.
Thios is a good story with great animation. The kids enjoyed watching this with me - good characters with a good story.
This animated adventure story quickly captured my attention with its creativity and richly coloured vibrant images that include bizarre and fascinating mythological Japanese spirits. An excellent musical score heightens the action; positive environmental and morality messages are embraced. SA centres about a 10 year old girl, Chihiro, who initially, is a rather sullen brat but has to accept responsibility and learn some manners in a spirit world bath house to rescue her foolhardy parents and return to human society. I found the dubbed in dialogue (for USA audiences) too saccharine and juvenile for my liking, and would have preferred the original Japanese with subtitles. SA might appeal most to adolescents and lovers of comic book fantasy.
I LOVE IT!!!!
I also love 'Howls Moving Castle' 'Laputa Castle in the Sky' 'The Cat Returns' 'Nausicca of the Valley of the Wind' and 'Kiki's Delivery Service'
A terrific storyline that keeps you guessing about some of the characters right till the end. Very imaginitive. Has some incredible creatures.
Weird but I watched it enthralled to the end. The beauty of the train trip across was captivating.
A charming movie offering depth of insight and humour in equal measure. A pleasure to watch.
absolutely wonderful,my 65y/o husband and i 60y/o, loved this movie, let's have more by miyazake.
Maybe I wasn't in the right frame of mind. Loved the first 30 minutes and then I lost some interest. The animation was terrific and the American voicing was spot on. I'll have to give it another try. Everyone says it's a classic!!!
Brilliant, beautiful, captivating story. Almost as good as Howls Moving Castle.
Spirited Away continues the excellent track record of both Hayao Miyazaki and his team at Ghibli Films. Absolutely must-see for both kids and family alike.
A brilliant, imaginative piece of work!
Great Story and fantastic animation
I am not a fan of anime, but I may have to give it another look: a truly enjoyable, delightful and entertaining movie.
Beautiful story with absolutely wonderful animation.
This is a brilliantly rendered and engaging tale of fantasy and magic, with various levels of meaning that will appeal to people of all ages. Miyazaki's version of the Alice in Wonderland and Wizard of Oz stories comes with the usual excellent artwork, another beautiful score by Joe Hisaishi and some of the best storytelling and character development seen in movies, let alone in anime.
A very good anime full of myths from the Japanese culture. A good escape from reality.
Unconventional but enthralling storyline, well suited for 10yolds to adult
A beautiful adventure story which journeys through fantasy & everyday reality. Miyazaki's direction is flawless which allows the audience to become deeply emersed in the film to the extent that we forget we're watching an anime film. The protagonist ‘Chihiro’ finds herself stranded in a dangerous and odd world where spirits & magic are commonplace. ‘Chihiro’ must save her parents from an evil witch named ‘Yubaba’, luckily she meets a young man named ‘Haku’ who guides her through this odd realm. The score composed by Joe Hisaishi makes this feature just as superb aurally as it is visually. Spirited Away truly is a five star film.
Parents should watch this one first before their children do.
Thoroughly engaging storytelling and visuals. Similarities with western-type folktales, but lots of unusual ideas and characters.
Not an anime fan myself, but loved this movie. An unusual tale with emotion, action and fantastic animation.
Animation was excellent and the story well written. The characters are easy to connect to. One of the few movies where parents and children can both enjoy.
Great movie for adults too. Very sharp details, excellent plot and marvellous ending.
My partner is more of an anime fan than I am, so he liked this more than I did. It was kind of cute, but I just could not engage with it very much.
A great immaginative story that you never have a dull moment. I love the cartoons and the vivid characters.
Studio Ghibli makes the greatest animated films in the world. Bring on "Howl's Moving Castle"!
Beautiful animnation and a moving story.
Deep story line with an uncanny twist. The ending was too quick though.
Really different, refreshingly unHollywood. This kept the full attention of both me and my ten year old son. Visually exciting but more than just special effects. Characters were very human in a magic setting.
12 year old nagged me to get this and I can see why. A highly imaginative, artistic & amusing journey like nothing else I've seen before. Do yourself & your kids a favour.
excellent animation, very bright and clean and a enjoyable storyline and characters
I thought this movie would be too frightening and heavy for my children to understand the deeper meaning behind it. They proved me wrong and absolutely loved it-definitely needs parent with them to watch.
Enraptures the viewer with the detailed particularities of the little world it creates. I could stare at the visuals for hours. Animation of the first degree.