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My Neighbor Totoro
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My Neighbor Totoro

1988
Family/Kids
Fantasy
1h 26m
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Rated 15 Jan 2019
95
91st
The cinematic equivalent of a soft, fuzzy blanket and bowl of hot soup on a cold, rainy day.
Rated 27 Apr 2011
90
95th
A film without a villain. A film with thematic purchase in our reality whilst adorned with forest spirits and a cat bus. Seemingly impossible, yet so charming! Plus, the artwork is staggeringly beautiful. Clouds move, light reflects, grasses sway. It is not profound, but it doesn't need to be. It's perfect in its modest, honest, condescension-free portrayal of the world through the eyes of children.
Rated 03 Apr 2013
81
84th
Sure, there are no real struggles for the characters and it just kind of unfolds and ends, but I'll be damned if this wasn't a really enjoyable watch, filled with sweet moments and a cat that's also a goddamn bus I mean holy shit look at that thing. Great to see when cuddled up on the couch with someone.
Rated 15 Feb 2007
85
73rd
Short and sweet. The development of the characters is particularly impressive here. It takes Miyazaki remarkably little time to make us care about his characters, and he does it in such an effortless and natural way. He's awesome, that man.
Rated 30 Jun 2009
4
70th
Very imaginative and innocent. It's hard to think of as many movies as charming or upbeat as Totoro; there's little drama, it's just the sort of movie that puts a smile on your face and doesn't let up. A breezy and wonderful film.
Rated 01 Mar 2007
88
91st
Strange and wonderful; one could say Carroll-esque, but without the menace. The pacing of this movie was very odd, in a really good way. A heart-warmer.
Rated 22 Aug 2009
7
99th
The kind of anime that cuddles up next to you and makes you feel warm all over - a cup of cocoa would have been nice, but I can't ask much more from a movie. Completely engrossing.
Rated 30 Apr 2020
85
86th
Miyazaki brings to life rural Japan as seen through the lens of a child in a way that is subtle, yet effective. You just sink right in and it's smooth sailing from there (well, except for all the yelling). I also must give praise to the animation, particularly the physics, which balances realism and fantasy pretty damn well. Very endearing.
Rated 23 Jan 2008
73
47th
Considering its stature in the animated community, I expected a lot more out of Totoro. It's not nearly as engaging, wonderful, or majestic as some of Miyazaki's later films. Many people consider this to be the legendary animator's crowning work, but they couldn't be more far off. A slow moving story, less than whimsical charm, and being too childish hinder it from its otherwise breathtaking visual design and occasionally endearing story. It's worth a watch.
Rated 07 Nov 2007
88
96th
Definitely awesome. An incredibly sweet movie recommended for all ages. It's escapist and fantastic but the little heroins of the story are so realistically rendered that the movie is involving and pleasurable above and beyond what one expects from fantasy animation for kids (unless it's Miyazaki!). And also imaginative, heartwarming, inspired -- writing this review just seems like my mind is drowning in positive adjectives...
Rated 24 May 2010
85
93rd
Immensely likeable, gentle tale, with some nicely creative flourishes. Great.
Rated 05 Feb 2007
97
98th
Simply magical. It makes me feel like a kid again. The animation is beautiful and the world Miyazaki creates is so unique. My favorite of his.
Rated 03 Jan 2011
94
97th
Completely heart-warming and genuine and enchanting in every way.
Rated 15 Sep 2017
72
72nd
The very sweet, albeit with a creepy grin, cartoon version of Groot, who is himself both animated and sweet. Groot would reasonably work in a real life adaptation of this. Although it might work better if they then animate it and make Groot a giant robot instead. WAIT A MINUTE
Rated 22 Sep 2020
10
98th
HOLY TOTORO (all praise to His Great Comfy-ness) CAN THIS BE ANY SWEETER. Like, a family moves into an old creature-infested dwelling and the dad goes "I've always wanted to live in a haunted house!" before they all giggle away bogeymen while in the bath. Adorable slice-of-life fare and mystical exploration (the tree-growing was one of the most beautiful scenes I've ever seen) give way to just the right amount of emotional suspense and payoff at the end (destination: Mei). Wonderfully scored.
Rated 28 Jun 2020
95
99th
Pure and captivating. From utterly heartwarming to deeply affecting, always imaginative and completely convincing. From the first moment, I delighted in the children's ebullient joy, and wept in aching fear and happiness from the telegram through the final credits. And that tremendous soundtrack!
Rated 25 Jun 2012
97
99th
Simple and refreshing, this movie never fails to put a smile on my face and leave me singing Totoro Tot-Toro for hours after
Rated 27 Jun 2012
86
87th
This probably has the lowest stakes of any film I've ever loved. It's just a totally joyful, relaxing film.
Rated 26 Mar 2007
50
33rd
What's the big deal?
Rated 03 Mar 2007
74
55th
It starts of kind of slow, and then becomes very strange and trippy. It was engaging and highly amusing, but ultimately I prefer the more somber and dramatically rich films Miyazaki has done in recent years (e.g. Mononoke, Spirited Away).
Rated 11 Apr 2015
93
97th
The attention to detail present in the visuals of Studio Ghibli’s remarkable library of works is arguably never used to greater emotional effect than in My Neighbor Totoro. Hayao Miyazaki and his team of wizards masquerading as animators conjure countless microcosmic points of nostalgia that beautifully reinforce the idyllic nature of childhood springtime. It’s virtually indescribable but completely tangible.
Rated 09 Feb 2013
95
88th
One of the best cinematic depictions of childhood.
Rated 16 Oct 2010
74
33rd
Some cute bits and a couple of great scenes, but overall too infantile and uneventful for my liking. The ratio of madcap to mundane moments was too low. Totoro needed to be in way more scenes, and the story fizzled after a promising beginning. A pretty underwhelming film compared to some of Miyazaki's more mature efforts.
Rated 16 Apr 2016
50
13th
After reading all the raving reviews I sat back and expected to be amazed, only to find that it was first and foremost a kids movie (little kids even) and only had few things to offer for me. Some cute stuff and a couple of funny moments, but I was simply not into it.
Rated 16 Jan 2011
84
90th
Incredibly original, surreal and endearing but defies its outward impressions by not quite being the definitive Miyazaki piece that has been suggested. Presented through a heavy tint of childhood innocence throughout with some surprisingly intelligent and thought provoking moments between all the usual eccentricities. The child protagonists can get more than a little irritating at times, but subtle fantastical touches and delicate details of animation can easily recapture the viewers attention.
Rated 26 Oct 2021
8
80th
Essentially the perfect children's fantasy story. Immerses the magical within the everyday, reviving the childhood intuition that magic might be found in any shady, hidden corner of the world. This transcends the rural Japanese ambience while simultaneously being enhanced by the particulars of the local cultural character. Instantly endearing characters; delicately handled emotional stakes; immersive details of the animation; all enable the viewer to see with a child's perspective once again.
Rated 29 Nov 2020
88
96th
Unbearably charming with a fascinatingly universal appeal in its celebration of childlike experience and imagination akin to Nintendo games or classic Disney films. Sensational, vibrant animation that will be as timeless as its story that cradles you in its arms and tells you Everything is going to be alright.
Rated 26 Aug 2017
74
84th
Sentimental without being mawkish, on the theme of care and cultivation (two words that mean the same thing). Possessed by a kind of Japanese animist spirit (that is, related to a cult, that is, a form of care involving practices of worship), but one also singularly embodied and expressed in the world imagined and invented by this filmmaker. Founded on a kind of quasi-neolithic myth, in the sense of implying sedentarisation and the shift to agriculture. Superior to almost all children's movies.
Rated 08 Feb 2015
55
30th
I hate to say it, but Totoro doesn't live up to the hype for me. It's fine, for what it is - but there's just not that much TO the thing. The fantastical creatures are wonderful, but there's not enough of them. The film, rather, seems obsessed with throwing clunky exposition and upskirt shots of young children around, and confusing it for whimsy. I'm not going to say I didn't enjoy this movie (and it makes for a great double feature with Grave of the Fireflies), but... it's just not for me.
Rated 10 Jan 2018
86
95th
Magical film. Greatly captures what childhood feels like. Extremely well made. Emotionally resonant. Just go watch it and let the inner child be free again.
Rated 11 Aug 2012
70
65th
The animation is quite wonderful, and the magical stuff is sure to appeal to kids, but the creatures are a bit too cutesy for me.
Rated 14 Sep 2009
84
97th
Miyazaki is master in creating adorable weird creatures. The film is one of incredible innocence and kindness. Like usually, beautiful Studio Ghibli animation is backed up by score composed by Joe Hisaishi. Not until El laberinto del fauno another movie that could really reach the world of child's fantasy was created.
Rated 06 Dec 2010
92
96th
Wonderful, uplifting, adorable movie. It filled my heart with a lot of warmth, and I thought the characters were very likeable. Good animation too
Rated 05 Jan 2012
76
76th
Cute. The whole bus stop scene was wonderful, though Totoro's grin REALLY creeps me out. Catbus is extremely creepy too!
Rated 19 Aug 2010
83
72nd
Beautiful animation, and a fun, nice story. A pleasure to watch. All kids movies need to be as interesting, innocent and intelligent.
Rated 24 Oct 2011
92
70th
It's a pretty joyful watch. It's a tad slow and uneventful at times for a kids film, but the animation and music are unquestionably gorgeous. I think the story works pretty well. The fact that one Is meant to spend a majority of the film wondering if these creatures are real never occurred to me the first couple of times I watched it. Miyazaki also seems to really understand children. The dialogue between the sisters feels very real and natural. This was a good, cute little film.
Rated 31 May 2011
98
99th
Miyazaki proves he has the heart of a child, the eye of a painter and the soul of a poet.
Rated 31 May 2008
100
98th
Tonari no Totoro has been in my life since I was born, and I can't imagine being without it.
Rated 27 Apr 2013
95
96th
The best film for children, and perhaps the best film ABOUT children, ever made. Hayao Mayazaki captures the complexities of sibling-hood, and parenthood; the strange wonders of moving somewhere new; and the powerful role that imagination plays in helping us cope with the world, in this visually sumptuous and adorable fantasy-adventure.
Rated 23 Dec 2007
85
90th
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Rated 02 Jul 2011
95
97th
Pixar's made a lot of great movies, but 3D animation will never have as much heart and soul as a movie made with physical paint and elbow grease like this. Also, it's pretty much the cutest thing ever. Tatsuo could very well be the best dad ever.
Rated 19 Sep 2013
80
86th
Filled with the cutest creatures and the warmest family, a perfect feel good kids' film.
Rated 23 Sep 2009
95
96th
My son's favorite movie and I can't argue with him. This movie has a warm heart and leaves You with a good feeling. One to enjoy with whole family.
Rated 12 Aug 2014
85
82nd
An incredibly simple, yet charming kids film that leaves children with fantastic messages and good feelings. The love and care put into this wonderfully animated masterpiece is crazy. I am glad I watched this.
Rated 07 Oct 2012
78
69th
weird and nice stuffs happen in this movie.
Rated 29 Sep 2008
90
94th
Reawakens my inner child unlike any other film. I believe there's a Miyazaki movie for everyone.
Rated 07 May 2018
95
95th
A story that truly captures childhood and that whimsical feeling that we all miss. I'm blown away every time by the opening sequence as they first enter and explore their new house. Miyazaki has a way of capturing children in animation that I've never seen equaled and don't think I ever will. Truly an iconic film with one of the greatest soundtracks of all time
Rated 09 Dec 2010
95
98th
Miyazaki is at his best when he goes ape shit crazy in magical kitty busses, spiritual dust bunnies and giant furry forest spirits.
Rated 10 Jan 2013
95
96th
It genuinely made me feel like a kid again. I was absolutely enchanted by the film throughout and apart from the bit of the film with the emotional oomph (one hell of an emotional oomph at that) I was either smiling with happiness, having my mouth wide with awe or a combination of the two throughout. It is just an extremely fun, happy, joyous film and I even cried with happiness both at the tree growing scene and at the ending. Also the music is wonderful and catbus is awesome. Love catbus.
Rated 12 Nov 2014
80
80th
I'm sorry but the critic in me walked out.
Rated 21 Jan 2007
63
74th
This is definitely worth watching, and some of the scenes are almost as magical as Alice in Wonderland, but only when the Totoros are actually on screen. The main characters are annoying, and any scene without something magical happening seems like just filler. However, there are some undeniably classic scenes that should not be missed.
Rated 09 Jul 2010
89
91st
A perfect children's movie if there ever was one. I'd bet even the most hardened of adults will be able to hear their inner child after watching this.
Rated 17 Mar 2008
90
49th
It's quite a different type of animated movie--the plot is not at all "traditional--" but it is sweet and quietly magical.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
74
67th
Cute, fun, and actually well done little Miyazaki film, but it's too short and too little actually happens to be of much importance film-wise.
Rated 24 Jun 2020
66
70th
My Neighbor Totoro is charming even if it is limited in scope. The film is more ambiance than it is adventure, though that doesn't stop it from having an intense climax. The music is great, though I swear I could hear Cliff Richard's Summer Holiday in the theme. Sweet, mellow (even with the screaming children), and distinctly Ghibli.
Rated 05 Nov 2018
5
73rd
barely any story, conflict or moralising, just a wondrous world to explore. so intuitive it bypasses cognition, appealing to one's inner child almost exclusively.
Rated 30 Jul 2014
90
97th
Rewatch. I get it now. I get the yearning for a pastoral life, the wispy feeling of childhood summer days, and, most importantly, the feeling that spirits are all around-- strange, mostly uncaring, but also goofy, weird, and fun. It's not about imaginary friends (you dumb motherfuckers), but the power of youth and a connection to a world that's both terrifying and complex beyond even adults' wildest imaginations. As a cultural mission statement, it's in the same league as Citizen Kane.
Rated 01 Dec 2018
89
92nd
Movie was incredibly sweet and endearing. Though not my favorite Miyazaki, it does highlight a man at the pinnacle of his career.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
90th
Touching short tale of children's imaginations and how they cope.
Rated 03 Feb 2009
98
99th
Absolutely great movie! Probably the best by Miyazaki! very inspiring!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
8
93rd
An imaginative and emotional experience that does a sublime job capturing the worldview and experience of being a child. It's not immensely gripping on a narrative level - there's very, very little plot and even less stakes - but the emotional journey works. The animation is of course gorgeous and the theme song is basically the catchiest ever.
Rated 01 Mar 2012
98
93rd
An amazing kids film with a very quite and meditation feel to it. If you wanna show your kid something different, fun, and something they will fall in love with. This is an amazing choice. People of all ages can enjoy it from Children to Adults.
Rated 04 Oct 2008
95
97th
One word. Catbus!
Rated 18 Jul 2013
93
97th
Absolutely charming. Everything is low-key, yet it taps directly into such a deeply human vein of emotions, all portrayed with a subdued sweetness that never dips towards saccharine. though there is fear and death and decay in this world it is all portrayed as natural, never even hinting that there is any sort of underlying maliciousness or evil. This is a film of anti-cynicism, and it manages to be so with such sincerity, with a truth that a myriad darker worldviews could never approach.
Rated 26 Feb 2017
90
92nd
Adorable. I hope your kids let you watch it with them.
Rated 03 Aug 2011
5
44th
I'm pretty disappointed that after over 20 years a catbus still doesn't exist in real life. Also disappointed in the girls in this movie, which are 2 of the most annoying characters ever committed to film. More scenes with Totoro and catbus please. Cause those were remarkable. It's also slow moving at times and not nearly as great as it's reputation led me to believe. Still, some scenes are pretty amazing but others are just flat out horrible.
Rated 22 Jun 2020
70
66th
It has beautiful animation, a fantastical story, and silly creatures, but it was hard for me to get into it because nothing really happens. It's extremely charming, though.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
89th
Excellent.
Rated 13 Feb 2008
83
60th
Not quite as touching as Miyazaki's other offerings. There are wonderous creatures to be sure, and an adventure for the children, but little depth to be found. What message is being conveyed? It's a wild dream to be sure but other than a bit of cute eye candy what reason is there for this film to exist? See Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, or Spirited Away first or instead.
Rated 01 Mar 2021
82
84th
this is a delightful animated film. The animation is stunning and interesting for the entire film. The script is simple but the characters are believable and it works. Overall I would highly recommend this film.
Rated 18 Apr 2011
98
98th
"My Neighbor Totoro" is, for sure one of the most beautiful animation movies ever made, and together with "Howl's Castle" my most favorite Ghibli! Cute, cuter, Totoro!
Rated 26 Dec 2009
95
97th
difficult to rate a miyazaki movie. The peacefulness and overall feeling when watching totoro is what gets me all the time
Rated 22 Jun 2022
93
88th
A calm-paced rural fantasy with many wonderful moments, it is easy to see how these creatures have captured the imaginations of so many children. Absolutely charming without being the least bit cloying.
Rated 03 Jan 2012
88
85th
"Sweet" and "charming" are words that often come to mind where Miyazaki is concerned; so it is with MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, with its charming characters, endearing fantasy creatures, and heartfelt tone. There's also little in the way of drama (no conflict of note), but it matters little when one takes such flights of fancy. Totoro himself and the Catbus are among Miyazaki's most memorable creations; Satsuki and Mei among his most likable protagonists. A sheerly delightful film.
Rated 27 Feb 2013
79
84th
Cult. For a good reason.
Rated 21 Oct 2007
95
96th
Simple but not simplistic, 'Totoro' understands the imaginative world of children better than most other children's films. On top of that, Miyazaki lays in a deeply moving subtext involving the girls' sick mother that offers a clear-eyed vision of their struggle while avoiding the temptation to tug on heartstrings the way so many kids films will do. The animation is consistently beautiful, and the scene at the bus stop is one of my favorites of all time.
Rated 04 Feb 2013
91
83rd
Irresistibly warm and adorable. Few movies capture childhood - and in particular, a child's perspective - quite like this one. It really nails the sense of wonder and awe. And it's SO DAMN CUTE too.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
94th
A surprisingly deep and amazing film. The more I watch t the more I love it. Visionary and profound, one of Miyazaki's finest films.
Rated 19 May 2008
72
78th
donguri
Rated 24 Aug 2019
90
79th
Totoro is one big lad, that's for sure.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
78th
This is what you really want a childhood to be. Miyazaki tells a story of two tough little girls still free from the bounderies of adulthood with none of the goody two shoes morals of disney. With its natrual beauty and playfullness Miyazaki does not only tell a story to children but also to adults about what kids are like and could rather be compared to author Astrid Lindgren than the disney co. he so often wrongfully is compared to.
Rated 24 Apr 2010
91
74th
With 70% of the film being absolutely boring, it still gets 91 from me. I guess this says a lot about the remaining 30%.. Totoro and Catbus are among the most original and likeable children's characters ever, along with Moomintrolls. Totoro's grin is priceless :)
Rated 27 Oct 2009
94
99th
Best animated film ever.
Rated 10 Feb 2018
88
50th
? ~3
Rated 02 Aug 2011
70
73rd
Surprisingly fairly slow paced. Even Totoro gets little screentime. Still heart-warming though. The children may be girls but I still found a way to relate to the sibling relationship portrayed.
Rated 02 Jan 2016
79
12th
My girlfriend loves the movie. It's a cute movie that is decent.
Rated 29 Aug 2012
55
16th
magical animation at times. pulled down by conventional storyline.
Rated 24 Feb 2020
80
42nd
this movie is good but i cant remember it being about anything??
Rated 11 Mar 2009
100
94th
though this film is made for children it will always stay a timeless classic for the whole family
Rated 14 Oct 2008
98
98th
Very cute. (saw while on shrooms)
Rated 21 Nov 2009
85
56th
Slow but facinating, innocent, and keeps you entertained.
Rated 15 Nov 2013
80
85th
An extremely simple, even childish and yet -or maybe, as a result- lovable and entirely benevolent early effort from Miyazaki. The characters are adorable, the visuals are splendid and, during the climactic moments, the film achieves deep emotional resonance. Perhaps it's too one-note and naïve to deserve all the praise it gets, but it's a delightful treat nevertheless.
Rated 08 Apr 2018
95
98th
In this movie virtually nothing happens: no villains, no heroes, no accidents, no deaths, no guns, no police. Yet it is so dense of sentiments, emotions, empathy, magics, music, colors, ... Don't miss the closing credits: a simple sequence of drawings worth a long story.
Rated 07 Apr 2021
60
66th
Şarlatan miyazaki'nin en iyi filmi. Ama yine de asla bu puanlar ederi değil.
Rated 10 May 2021
67
15th
Not my Miyazaki's favorite
Rated 05 Aug 2010
8
91st
vou dar nota pela trilha sonora que é muito fofa!!! E porque eu tenho livro... tá, ele está em japs, mas é lindo!!! o filme deve ser tbem!!!
Rated 15 May 2008
100
96th
This is a perfect animation film that makes you feel warm and fuzzy, the cat bus is super cool, Totoro is adorable, Mai is so cute! I love this film, and is my favorite Miyazaki :)
Rated 04 Sep 2023
75
46th
This is a very cute and charming kids movie. I totally get why Totoro is such a beloved character, and the raining bus stop scene is very iconic. It's just there are definitely some boring stretches, and for a movie trying to be both fantasy and family drama you gotta be tighter than that. Especially when the runtime is only 90 minutes. Like others have said it definitely could have leaned into the fantasy elements more, which is probably what makes a movie like Spirited Away the better film.
Rated 08 Dec 2020
83
69th
2006 Disney dub: Far more grounded and "reality" based than usual from Miyazaki and all the better for it - taking a story with little to no conflict, but packing a considerable amount of emotional suspense in the final reel, this is an utterly captivating experience, with the two girls beautifully realised and characterised (especially as enacted by the Fanning sisters). The novelty of such a naive, benign view of this fantasy world helps forgive slightly plodding pace issues from time to time.
Rated 06 Feb 2021
83
95th
beautiful and magical. blurs the lines between fantasy and childhood imagination

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