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My Neighbor Totoro(となりのトトロ)

Two sisters move to the country with their father in order to be closer to their hospitalized mother, and discover the surrounding trees are inhabited by Totoros, magical spirits of the forest. When the youngest runs away from home, the older sister seeks help from the spirits to find her.
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WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

Elisia Lopez Profile picture for Elisia Lopez

An adorable feel-good film with odd yet charming magical creatures. It also had very powerful messages about friendship and family.

Melanie Greenberg Profile picture for Melanie Greenberg

Perfect thing to come back to during quarantine. Such a cozy and beautiful watch!

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

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Variety by

Writer-director Hayao Miyazaki has essentially padded a television half-hour into a sluggish theatrical feature.
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Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

Here is a children's film made for the world we should live in, rather than the one we occupy. A film with no villains. No fight scenes. No evil adults. No fighting between the two kids. No scary monsters. No darkness before the dawn. A world that is benign. A world where if you meet a strange towering creature in the forest, you curl up on its tummy and have a nap.
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The A.V. Club by Sam Adams

Miyazaki so effectively captures the feeling of a child’s life, inside as well as out, that little ones are often mesmerized by the movie, and adults are returned to a time when they could enjoy mystery for its own sake.
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The New York Times by Stephen Holden

When My Neighbor Totoro, which was written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, is dispensing enchantment, it can be very charming. Too much of the film, however, is taken up with stiff, mechanical chitchat.
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The Guardian by Steve Rose

Hayao Miyazaki's family fantasy is full of benign spirituality, prelapsarian innocence, but little icky sentiment.
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Chicago Reader by Ted Shen

Sheer enchantment, this 1989 animated feature is a key early work by Hayao Miyazaki. It exemplifies Ghibli's style of fanciful realism, paying close attention to minute details as well-drawn figures move across a fluid backdrop. It also deals straightforwardly with substantial emotions like fear of death, though at times it veers toward the heart-tugging cuteness of the Pokemon series.

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