• fatpie42

    ★★★★½ Watched by fatpie42 19 Feb, 2012 1

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this. I hadn't heard anyone else hyping this one up. Dammit internet, what is WRONG with you?

    So anyway, the movie starts up with a young boy being driven somewhere in a car, so pretty similar to the beginning of Spirited Away. However, eventually we reach the house and suddenly the focus shifts from the boy moving into the house, straight to a tiny thumb-sized girl hiding from the cat in the bushes.…


  • Kirk Gospel

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Kirk Gospel 18 Nov, 2014

    The good: Music, difference in sizes
    The bad: lack of locations

    My biggest disappointment is that this whole movie is self contained in the house and under the floor boards and garden. I wish it had shown a lot more areas for the borrowers to have explored or be seen in by us.

    The music is so chilled and relaxing and different. I like the entire soundtrack more than any other Ghibli movie.


  • Adrian Zachow

    ★★★ Watched by Adrian Zachow 03 Jul, 2011

    Pretty, as per usual for any Studio Ghibli film, but rather simple if not flat tale of a boy who encounters little people (aka Borrowers) in the country house he is staying.


  • Oliver Graham-Grisard

    ★★★★ Watched by Oliver Graham-Grisard 13 Nov, 2014

    Based on the Borrowers, The Secret World of Arrietty is fun and enjoyable. Its also insanely cute!
    Not everything is like the book though but that's not a bad thing.


  • Danny Rivher

    ★★★ Watched by Danny Rivher 12 Nov, 2014

    Little people can do big things...


  • Cythe

    ★★★★ Watched by Cythe 08 Nov, 2014

    Great adaptation but not enough of the story. Not the best of this line, but still a great film for the family. Very Cute.


  • apprecihate

    ★★★★½ Added by apprecihate

    A Studio Ghibli Masterpiece

    Amazing animation!


  • Michael

    ★★★½ Watched by Michael 05 Mar, 2012

    Lovely hand drawn animation in the style of "My Neighbor Totoro". the story, adapted by Hayao Miyazaki from Mary Norton's "The Borrowers" (of which I have fond, though vague, childhood memories) includes an illness I don't recall from the original but which fits in a recurring Miyazaki theme. The animation lacks a bit of the subtlety and nuance it might have had if Miyazaki had directed the film himself, but only a bit. Not a masterpiece on par with Studio Ghibli's best, but a perfectly satisfying family entertainment. And a welcome reprieve from frenetic American animated features.


  • Henrik Schunk

    ★★★ Added by Henrik Schunk

    This is by far my favourite of the Studio Gibli films. Maybe it is the fact that is is based on a 'Western' book, but I found the film more down-to-earth and structured in a way that made it easier for me to follow than many of the others. Don't get me wrong, I respect the art of the studio but I prefer films with less symbolism and more traditional craft of film-making. The basic idea sounds exciting, with a…


  • Jon_Kissel

    ★★★½ Watched by Jon_Kissel 02 Oct, 2014

    There's a lot of great stuff in this non-Miyazaki-directed Studio Ghibli effort. Hiromasa Yonebayashi takes over for the master in his directorial debut, and he's clearly doing a strong imitation. The story of a family of four-inch tall people that steal from the human 'beans' to survive, it focuses on Arrietty, the 14 year old daughter going out with her dad on her first 'borrowing.' Seeing all the tiny goals and infrastructure built into the guts of the house is…


  • Jacob Gehman

    ★★★½ Added by Jacob Gehman

    In a vacuum of US theater release films--animated or not--Arrietty stands pretty tall. I could have easily rated this 4 or 4.5 stars. It is simple and beautiful with the delicate coziness that is really missing from the American scene. However, as a Studio Ghibli release I have to consider it within the Ghibli canon--and on that criteria Arrietty doesn't stand as tall. But it is very refreshing to see a 2-dimension animated film in theaters--when that street scene splashes…


  • Jose González

    ★★★★½ Watched by Jose González 10 Oct, 2014

    Una película preciosa, hecha con mucho gusto y mucho mimo. Una historia sencilla y bonita que elaborada con un tratamiento visual muy colorido y una banda sonora molona da como resultado esta curiosa y agradable obra.