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Your Name.(君の名は。)

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Japan
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2016

Rated PG · 1h 46m

Director Makoto Shinkai
Starring Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Masami Nagasawa, Etsuko Ichihara

Genre Romance, Animation, Drama

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High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other.

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Minh Bui Profile picture for Minh Bui

As always, Makoto Shinkai's animation is gorgeous, and so beautifully compliments this heartfelt--and at times, heartbreaking--love story. One thing I really love about Your Name is how the narrative plays out. There is plenty of mysteries, twists, and surprises that promise an intriguing viewing experience.

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

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Empire by Dan Jolin

Part body-swap comedy, part long-distance romance, part... something else. If you only see one Japanese animated feature this year, see this one, and see it more than once.
75

IndieWire by David Ehrlich

Like all of Shinkai’s films, the richness of the light coats everything it touches with such an evocative hue of nostalgia that the plot only puts a damper on things (and there’s a lot of plot here).
70

The Hollywood Reporter by Deborah Young

For all its entertaining novelty, it is still many steps behind the magic, penetrating insights and profound humanity of the Japanese anime pantheon lead by Hayao Miyazaki and Mamoru Hosoda.
100

Total Film by Kevin Harley

Prepare to be spirited away. A brain-scrambler to make hearts swell, Shinkai’s giddy romance brims with emotion and invention.
67

The A.V. Club by Mike D'Angelo

There’s admittedly a certain pleasure in the deft fake-out that Shinkai executes here—most viewers will automatically make an assumption that’s ultimately proven wrong—but it comes at the cost of overall narrative incoherence.
60

The Guardian by Mike McCahill

This thoroughly emo body-swap fantasia, a sizable hit on home turf, demonstrates that [Makoto Shinkai] inherited much of his [Hayao Miyazaki's] artistry and charm, but not yet his narrative mastery – nor, crucially, that magic that distinguishes lasting artworks from well-drawn ’toons for teens.
80

Variety by Peter Debruge

This vividly realized and emotionally satisfying feature ought to make Shinkai a household name — certainly in Japan, and with any luck, in other countries as well.
100

The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

The only way to understand it is to swim in it for yourself, feel your own heart braid around these two interwoven lives, and gaze up in awe at the silvery arc those falling stars trace across the sky.

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