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5 Centimeters per Second

2007
Romance
Drama
1h 3m
5 Centimeters Per Second for the speed at which cherry blossom petals fall, petals being a metaphorical representation of humans, reminiscent of the slowness of life and how people often start together but slowly drift into their separate ways...
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5 Centimeters per Second

2007
Romance
Drama
1h 3m
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Avg Percentile 60.7% from 1345 total ratings

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Rated 25 Jan 2009
84
84th
Every shot is beautifully composed and animated; I can't imagine the amount of dedication that went into this film. The story starts out cute but becomes something painfully human. Unfortunately, the plot and characters are ultimately forgettable, really only serving as a vessel for the more memorable visual component.
Rated 28 Oct 2013
54
32nd
On the first half it goes too slowly. On the second half it goes too fast. As a result, I never really felt like I knew these people or cared about them.
Rated 18 Jun 2018
65
35th
A visual treat, and passes the time pleasantly and melancholily, as I like. But it didn't draw me in like some of Shinkai's other films. The characters and story just aren't that interesting here and there wasn't much payoff. Also, maybe I'm getting to the end of my ability to take seriously romances between children.
Rated 26 Aug 2011
48
35th
All the marks are really for the animation (which is totally amazing) & the one or two effective scenes where the characters aren't opening their irritating mouths in order to philosophically whisper at you about what a total losers they are! The annoying voices in the English dub are terrible. Somehow they emphasise what a bunch of sociopathic introverted idiots all the characters are? I wanted grab Takaki by the neck & tell the little idiot to man-up & grow a pair of fucking balls.
Rated 26 Jul 2009
93
37th
If you were to put melancholy and pretty pictures in a blender, this is what you'd get.
Rated 28 Mar 2011
66
58th
I'm all about melodramatic romantic films, but this was just sentimental ad nauseum. It didn't earn any of the emotional weight it ascribed itself so it wound up feeling sappy. Nice visuals, though. I'll give it that.
Rated 24 Jun 2009
60
65th
It could have done better without the ending. Upto that point the nature of the story was naive, with last 5 minutes the film became naive.
Rated 31 May 2010
76
96th
Woah. Watershed moment in anime ...in film. I haven't felt this evocation of time before--in any medium--not even haiku. The first chapter especially. Proust, in fact. More Proust than Haiku.
Rated 17 Aug 2010
78
77th
Characters and plot may be forgettable but the emotions created through the beautiful animated images will stay with you.
Rated 08 Jun 2015
60
11th
started so beautifully and ended so disappointing. after the first story he should have quit writing and it would have been a great little short film, instead he went on and ruined it..... sad!
Rated 03 Sep 2015
50
25th
Really generic warm-and-fuzziness. Nothing wrong with that... but it's also, as I said, really generic.
Rated 25 May 2018
60
35th
A bit melodramatic, this beautiful anime focuses on unrequited love. But the first segment runs a little slow, and the third went so fast -- somehow turning into a music video -- that I'm not entirely sure how it ended.
Rated 31 Jul 2012
83
63rd
Good, but aimless. Beautiful animation.
Rated 10 Feb 2018
60
39th
I liked the first 2 short stories a lot but the 3rd didn't really have an impact on me and it ended pretty abruptly.
Rated 25 Jun 2012
58
46th
What starts of as a beautiful blossoming romance in the first story gradually becomes frustratingly pointless as only one character is followed through the stories and this character seems to come away at the end of the story a sad empty man. The last story sucked and didn't really tie things together too well the only plus of this story was the great song sang during the end of it.
Rated 17 Jan 2013
76
28th
I like a good animation as the next person, but this movie never gave me the payoff. It starts with a soft promise, but drifts off at the end of each story. Leaving me wondering: that's it? I think of this movie as a mood piece, instead of an actual story line.
Rated 01 Sep 2009
80
83rd
Stunning visuals! Plot is very thin and more 'picture book'-style, but still kind of engaging. Thumps up for this one.
Rated 11 Jul 2016
46
21st
Illustrations are amazing but everything else is just meh. it talks about feels and state of mind but characters are so dull you cant feel a thing. its like clannad - the only purpose is to make you cry. and im not really type for this kind of s#it. grading is this high only for it's outstanding graffics. dont loose an hour of your life on this - so not wort it.
Rated 27 Oct 2009
87
87th
Really pretty and it captures a mood of light angst and love perfectly. Unfortunately the same moody emotions that make it so successful are also what make it a bit repetitive and tiring to watch even though it's barely an hour long.
Rated 05 Oct 2016
95
96th
A growing up story told in three arcs separated by the passing of a couple of years. Lost count of the number of times I've watched the first arc, it is absolute perfection IMHO.....and toward the end of the movie.....that second t____.....Oh lord!!
Rated 18 Apr 2010
100
96th
I never cry at films. This time I just couldn't hold my tears. This is such a sad and truthful combination of fragments from life. Kinda like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - searchers for love meeting, trying to forget everything, and meeting again, just to be hurt again. The visuals are so stunning that it feels like a modern day computer game with all the unreal lighting.
Rated 19 Jul 2023
89
59th
I really dug it. It feels weird watching a movie that’s literally three short films edited together, and perhaps it would have been nice to hear more from Akari’s perspective. But this movie made me feel seen. I’ve been the guy who fell for someone he couldn’t be with. If you’ve ever been in that position, for whatever reason, this may strike a chord with you. It is a legitimately, surprisingly gorgeous movie, directed with written with ease. A short, bittersweet, sensational movie.
Rated 28 Jan 2010
92
90th
Impeccable in a lot of ways.
Rated 27 Jul 2008
70
76th
good movie
Rated 07 Nov 2010
19
95th
Somebody, maybe on Amazon, described the movie in context of humankind reaching its final frontier, as evidenced by the rocket scene. I think this is an interpretation very much worth thinking about.
Rated 20 Jan 2011
77
40th
A feast for the eyes. Truly artistic, and with a simple, yet very "real," story.
Rated 16 Aug 2013
95
89th
A touching story told through beautiful visuals.
Rated 02 Jun 2009
59
53rd
Loses points for the ending, and the lame song. I really enjoyed the first couple of chapters.
Rated 24 Feb 2012
74
51st
Sort of weeaboo, but still okay.
Rated 20 Mar 2013
84
76th
So much emotion, gravity and power in these characters, their lives, and the twists and turns that shape their worlds. It's touching, tear-jerking, and beautiful in both animation and conveyance.
Rated 15 Sep 2016
42
19th
This movie faceplants into depressing, agonizingly pessimistic territory after its first segment. It looks nice though. Painfully, maddeningly disappointing.
Rated 15 Feb 2021
70
53rd
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Rated 18 Jun 2010
65
72nd
Great visuals.
Rated 14 Aug 2023
77
44th
Not going to lie, I had to look up the understanding and interpretation of the plot after it was over. It's a very emotional piece that describes an experience that maybe several if not most of us have been through in some way. Visuals, as usual, are striking and beautiful
Rated 04 May 2023
74
76th
Visually beautiful, every shot is carefully composed and crafted. The film tries to be about everything really - love, loss, absence of love. It's a cute romance, with two characters who are destined to never be together, all told from only Takaki's perspective. I love the bittersweet tone the film takes as the love interests drift apart, and Takaki wastes his life hanging onto the memory of a 13 year old girl he knew for a couple summers.
Rated 01 Mar 2023
40
4th
I was not touched but I love trains.
Rated 28 Aug 2022
84
92nd
Wow, a emotional windmill which shows the effects of personal contacts with people and how we remember/perceive them compared to the the people who reciprocate or ignore these moments. The symbolism of life is represented in how unchanging you (reader)are, yet also how flexible other people are around you, the unfairness and unjustness of life. Yet we must carry on
Rated 23 Jul 2022
63
24th
A fine looking (and sounding) piece of anime, but the exposition heavy dialogue, and generally down-beat and morose characters, make this a minor chore, even at only 60 minutes. As with his later films, Shinkai creates a vivid and believable world for his characters to inhabit, and the first chapter in particular does score a few mildly resonant evocative moments in dealing with the relationship between its protagonists.
Rated 06 Aug 2021
81
75th
2013.8.15
Rated 09 May 2021
9
94th
Very touching. I vehemently disagree with the idea that the first chapter was too slow, it had a beautiful nostalgic feel. Initially I disliked the ending, But I soon came to love it.
Rated 08 Aug 2009
96
98th
Maybe a bit slow to some but visually stunning and overall beautiful. Must be seen in HD.
Rated 28 Jun 2020
66
70th
5 Centimeters Per Second or the unbearable internal monologue of love-struck teenagers. I liked the concept and theme of the film; that love unrealised is consuming if you don't move on from it, illustrated succinctly by the final scene with grown-up Takaki & Akari. The characters are sympathetic, but the dialogue gets a bit grating hampering the experience. Good visuals and a haunting piano score, but uneven pacing in an hour-long film.
Rated 15 May 2018
80
70th
Story is fairly straightforward but the visuals are the main draw here. Almost unbearably beautiful to look at.
Rated 25 Oct 2009
100
99th
I'm in love with this film. My second favorite anime right after Isao Takahata's "Only Yesterday".
Rated 31 Jul 2015
24
19th
Witness Makoto Shinkai continue to make people wear less pants than a nudist colony through the building and fall of relationships that fall because the people didn't even try.
Rated 24 Dec 2011
83
77th
A wistful, nostalgic tone is woven through these episodes of youthful romantic pinings turned into bittersweet adult reminiscences. The art is uncommonly beautiful, with extraordinary attention to detail, gorgeous color and lighting, and images that deftly evoke a sense of melancholy. I could relate to the unrequited adolescent yearnings but had to roll my eyes at all the tinkly piano and whispered voiceover. I was easily charmed by the gentle rhythms, pleasant characters, and lovely visuals.
Rated 28 Sep 2023
60
26th
Akari Shinohara: "The speed at which the sakura blossom petals fall... Five centimeters per second."
Rated 25 Sep 2009
90
62nd
Beautiful movie, my only problem is that it's not long enough. Also, makes amazing wallpaper backgrounds.
Rated 25 Sep 2009
95
82nd
I really liked how the movie played out =]
Rated 01 Feb 2009
81
55th
Some beautiful moments but overall a bit too slow in my mind.
Rated 29 Jul 2012
76
60th
The film really grows as we attach the three chapters together, although separately they don't seem like a big deal at all. The video clip at the end is really uncalled-for.
Rated 26 Jul 2008
85
80th
This is a really gloomy movie, maybe it's because I've felt the long distance pain. Beautiful animation and soulful characters. Some really great scenery. The song at the end, while the lyrics fit, kind of kill the mood a bit. Anti-ending, cruel but affective.
Rated 23 Jun 2009
67
75th
Emotionally engaging and visually stunning anime. It is typical work for Makoto Shinkai - very detailed and beautiful backgrounds, a bit rough character design, almost no story, but plenty of emotions.
Rated 13 May 2010
5
81st
I'm getting a little tired of the youthful dalliance of Shinkai, but not these gorgeous animation and engaging themes.
Rated 18 Apr 2009
70
73rd
This is probably the only anime that will get you laid.
Rated 18 Oct 2009
78
64th
Visually arresting with a few utterly poignant moments, but both plot and character construction are ultimately formulaic.
Rated 28 Jan 2012
78
65th
The plot has been done before and better by other people. It is a very melodramatic film and premise. However, the imagery takes the forefront in this movie and dear lord does it deliver. This is by far one of the most gorgeous animated movies I have ever seen in terms of visuals; unfortunately, aesthetic pleasure far outweighs any depth or genuine emotion in this film. The first chapter was the strongest, and it just kind of decreased in quality as it went on.
Rated 28 Sep 2008
78
84th
Beautiful animation, breathtaking vistas, average story.
Rated 29 Jan 2011
81
80th
The visual aspect of this animation is stunning. It takes the traditional anime look (which has basically been the same for 30 years) and opens a door into a new dimension of realism with its detail, lighting, depth-of-field effects and cinematic camera angles. It's a groundbreaking work of staggering beauty. Eye candy aside, the story is, well, different, which is not a bad thing in itself, although there are some dialogue pacing problems which make parts seem very dialogue heavy. Mixed bag.
Rated 17 Nov 2011
56
23rd
I wish the movie would have indulged a little more in its beautiful imagery. Instead of cutting away after like 1.5 seconds everytime.
Rated 01 Aug 2010
80
66th
Visually beautiful
Rated 20 Feb 2011
75
75th
Deeply touching and deliberately paced to match the theme: the drifting away of people with each other. Three shorts with stunning visuals that are worth seeing for fans of animated movies.
Rated 28 Jul 2014
70
70th
Beautiful vivid and expressive scenery and absolutely marvelous use of light highlights this mostly tender, but very slow moving, Japanese cartoon about childhood love. The human figures are not nearly as impressive as the rich and detailed environments. The story is emotional and feels authentic but there is almost no excitement. If the human characters appearance and animation had been better, and the story was much more compelling, this could have become a high water mark for the genre.
Rated 07 Aug 2008
81
78th
Beautiful movie, some good monologues, amazing animation. Would have given it an even better rating if I didn't despise what japanese animation makes human beings look like.
Rated 21 Aug 2012
75
61st
This movie is very melancholic,calm and sad, with various intensity of the last one.This is also a romantic movie,at least in some sense.Unfortunately,at the end it turned the wrong path and became too naive, even for a person who really likes romantic things as me.You will hear three stories, which are linked to each other.They are telling things which we all know, however,this movie is destined to feel.This was wisely made by knowing heros' thoughts.The music is nice,the animation's stunning.
Rated 13 Jan 2013
85
83rd
84.500
Rated 02 Jul 2013
7
68th
Beautiful art direction, wow. This film is excruciatingly Japanese, and the attention to detail is breathtaking. Regardless of all other aspects, 5 Centimeters Per Second is memorable for how gorgeous it is. Now, unfortunately, some other things aren't as spectacular. The conclusion is so irritatingly inconclusive that I had no idea the credits had begun when the dude started singing. There are also one too many obnoxious, poetic teenager lines of dialogue. Still, this was sad and pretty.
Rated 25 Nov 2013
76
43rd
A gorgeously illustrated anime - the art and the true-to-life detail is just in another class. The story itself I found a little overwrought with dramatics - it's exactly the kind of thing that my angsty teenager self would eat up, but as an adult it all seems a little trite. Maybe a less singular romance focus, and expansion of other chracters, would have helped.
Rated 08 Sep 2013
50
2nd
Way too pretentious and boring ... and sooooo slow-paced. The only thing it's mastered is the beautiful art. But that's all. Certainly not a must-see..
Rated 05 Apr 2014
40
10th
Way too slow, heavy and emotional. Since the beginning it felt like watching a movie that is already started, the characters did not seem properly introduced and the story is told in a messy and confusing way. "5 Centimeters per Second" failed to keep me interested; I could not find a reason to keep watching it for more than 20 minutes. The animation quality was excellent though.
Rated 14 Apr 2013
85
85th
Beautiful, simple stories with equally beautiful animation.
Rated 12 Mar 2013
90
96th
This film sucker punched me...deeply. I wasn't expecting this kind of story and after it was finished, I was emotionally drained. The first two segments are outstanding, with characters and story lines that I could relate to in my past. The only fault I can find in the film, has to lie with the final segment. It starts off just as the first two, but then veers off to a musical diversion that doesn't work and kind of spoils what was becoming a masterpiece in my eyes.
Rated 11 Oct 2010
98
91st
a nice story of a love triangle is being told in three related episodes narrated by three people involved. beautiful poem-like japanese dialogues and breathtaking animated landscapes.
Rated 03 Dec 2010
100
77th
It makes me uncomfortable. But the good kind of uncomfortable.
Rated 01 May 2010
78
59th
too much emofag and lame ending
Rated 08 Mar 2017
80
76th
My favourite film by Shinkai, with some of the most beautiful animation I have ever seen.
Rated 05 Feb 2013
80
68th
The animation is beyond gorgeous, and the look at being distanced from the one you love is mature and resonant.
Rated 06 Jan 2011
80
31st
Great visuals but was not really on board with the idea of a 16 year old being in love with some girl he went to elementary school with very briefly.
Rated 07 Feb 2011
10
99th
Simply... my movie.
Rated 16 Aug 2013
8
63rd
Twists your emotions and dazzles the eyes.
Rated 21 Mar 2008
50
34th
Better than The Place Promised in our early days but still pales in comparison to Voices of a Distant Star. With Makoto Shinkai, shorter is better.
Rated 15 Jul 2010
80
79th
I love the first story, the animation is so beautiful

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