• Ben

    ★★★ Watched by Ben 04 Jul, 2015

    The Secret World of Arrietty is very pretty to look at and has its charming moments, but it lacks the narrative and depth that most other Studio Ghibli films have built themselves on. Simplicity does not a bad film make - just look at My Neighbor Totoro - but I never really empathized or felt connected to most of the characters. It felt as though everyone was nice until the house-maid in the third act who had a sudden face-heel…


  • Sashi K.

    ★★★★★ Watched by Sashi K. 01 Jul, 2015

    I did not grow up with Studio Ghibli. But It's still beautiful whenever I remember I saw the first Ghibli films; it was Grave of the Fireflies, and although it was not as 'happy' as other works, in my mind I was telling myself that finally I found these gems, which long I haven't see.

    The Secret World of Arriettty is a beautiful work and automatically wake the 'child imagination' in me. I'm not so sure how to explain, but…


  • Vonne Patiag

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Vonne Patiag 10 Jun, 2015

    A fine Ghibli except at times suffers from almost too small a world (though I guess considering the thimble size of the protagonist this might be intentional).


  • wildlark

    ★★★★ Rewatched by wildlark 21 Jun, 2015 2

    Arrietty is not a grand epic, which is, I suppose, part of why I hesitate to call it another Ghibli masterpiece. I personally go for films like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away; the ambitious qualities of those movies are difficult to ignore, and the fact that they manage to pull off such large-scale stories successfully really impresses me. Even with the smaller-scale Ghibli works, I tend to go for set-ups that resemble Kiki's Delivery Service or Yonebayashi's latest film, When…


  • Daniel O'Raw

    ★★★★ Watched by Daniel O'Raw 20 Jun, 2015

    Just beautiful... not sure why that old woman had to be so evil though.


  • Christian Katzorke

    ★★★½ Watched by Christian Katzorke 15 Jun, 2015

    Another wonderful Ghibli movie. Heartwarming, beautifully drawn.


  • MarrowsAreCool

    ★★★★ Watched by MarrowsAreCool 13 Jun, 2015

    A simple cube of sugar begins a beautiful story.


  • theunwashedmass

    ★★★ Watched by theunwashedmass 04 Jun, 2015

    Beautiful to look at, but strangely dissatisfying.


  • Aziraphale

    ★★★★ Watched by Aziraphale 04 May, 2015

    You can't live a life that is built on nothing but wishes.


  • moviemanwill

    ★★★★ Added by moviemanwill

    Quite inventive and beautiful, Yonebayashi's directorial debut was a nice little surprise that sits firmly with other middle-tier Ghibli films. Far more confidence in him than any other Ghibli director not currently retired.


  • glassheart93

    ★★★★★ Watched by glassheart93 26 May, 2015

    It's a lovely movie... i wish It showed them as friends and how did his surgery go ...


  • Sarah Shachat

    ★★★★ Added by Sarah Shachat 2

    Exactly as gentle and sweet as it's intended, and the intent behind The Secret World of Arrietty is striking and maybe kind of radical. Pixar - battered by regurgitating properties though they are - are still the critical heavyweights of animation in the US, and they would probably never attempt a film with this level of stillness and quiet. Sure, there are similar transporting shifts of perspectives here - our heroine is, after, a Borrower, or a tiny person who…