Emma Chantiri’s review published on Letterboxd:
Reminded me so much of when I moved out on my own and the confusion/hysteria that came along with it. It's a film that moves with the characters emotional journey rather than the inverse. All the events are there to increase Kiki's confidence, leading up to the climax where the world stops (almost like it freezes, there's a delicate moment of silence) and elevates her to a new phase of self-actualization.
If I lived in a town like this I would never stay inside, I would just want to explore everything, it's so heavily romanticized but so real and inviting all at the same time. If I'm ever down I could always rely on this film to bring me back up, it's slow and takes its time which helps to slowly garner an emotional catharsis. If the word lovely had a film personification this is definitely it.