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Princess Mononoke

1997
Fantasy
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2h 14m
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Rated 14 Aug 2007
94
99th
I can't imagine how much work went into this, but it's easily one of the most rewarding movies I've ever seen. The animation is breathtakingly beautiful, the story is rich and complex, as are all the characters, and the film manages to elicit sympathy, humor, and sheer awe throughout.
Rated 04 Jul 2015
100
97th
A gorgeous and absorbing animated film, both epic and intimate.
Rated 01 Aug 2009
98
99th
Blurring the lines between good and evil, and showing how majestic and powerful animation can be, this is Miyazaki at his awe inspiring best. The luscious animation is on demand delicate, beautiful, brutal and frantic when the action, pace and scene requires it to be. Miyazaki is a total genius, and this is my favourite of all his works of art. Pretty much perfect and my favourite animated movie ever!
Rated 12 Jun 2009
5
91st
Its beautiful imagery alone is enough to shame the majority of animated films; its depth, ambition and imagination put it on another level entirely. At times, the plot might be overly ambitious, but overall it's a gripping, awe-inspiring tale. One of the best animated movies I've seen - maybe the best, period.
Rated 07 Sep 2020
72
41st
While it is one of the most lauded Ghibli movies, I had a hard time getting into this one, it had the same imagination as their best, but was missing the fanciful whimsy of the best. Where other's go for a fairy tale story, "Princess Mononoke" is a mideval legend.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
94th
A darker Miyazaki film that deals more with conflict than resolution (until the end). This is an amazing story, and I always think of this movie as "Lord of the Rings mixed with anime." The last twenty minutes of Mononoke feature some of the most absolutely insane animation to ever grace a screen.
Rated 24 Feb 2009
97
98th
Maybe the greatest animated film of all-time. There is so much imagination and hard work that was put into making this epic and not a moment is wasted. The animation is, as with every Miyazaki, flawless and colors explode off the screen. It has memorable characters and the engrossing story is accessible for all ages, though some of the scenes may be a little scary for younger viewers. No other film, live-action or otherwise, better depicts the on-going battle of nature and human civilization.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
63rd
It's a well done film, but the story isn't quite up my alley.
Rated 01 Jun 2012
96
94th
The biggest pleasant surprise from Princess Mononoke is that it really is as good as people laud it. The film is bravely adult, and not just in its violence and story, but in its vast array of dark and contemplative themes. It stands out from Miyazaki's other works in this way, and in doing so stands on a pedestal even higher than the emotionally striking Spirited Away. Miyazaki's films are all beautiful, but his strong and courageous storytelling elevates the art to new heights.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
99th
One of my real favorites. There's no real clear-cut villain, this is all shades of grey. Man vs. nature. A must-see for fans of fantasy films or anime.
Rated 10 Sep 2008
100
99th
The animation is its own gorgeous beast, forcing you to concede to the gravity of it all. Within a few passing lines of dialogue and a beautifully animated gesture, each character, even a seemingly trivial one, is given a past and a goal: a fully realized agenda. I am floored every time by how effortlessly the film weaves so many character intricacies into such a morally ambiguous and -truthfully- epic experience. This is my film sal volatile: a violent but welcome reassurance of film's power.
Rated 05 Oct 2011
99
99th
My personal favorite from Hayao Miyazaki. I think it's one of his most interesting worlds with some of the most interesting characters I've seen in film to date. The sense of dread, the violence, the characters, the music, the animation, and world-building... It's all just so sweeping. I never feel the runtime when I watch it because of how into it I am. Not for the faint of heart, especially if you love animals, but I’ve still never seen anything like it. Epic in every conceivable way.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
89th
Princess Mononoke is beautifully animated, and the story is terrific as well. There's no mystery as to why it's one of Miyazaki's better known films. Even to those who don't like anime, this film can entertain thoroughly with its action and colorful characters. Remember to watch it in Japanese, because it's easy to miss a lot from the original vision when it's dubbed over. Awesome!
Rated 23 Sep 2010
86
96th
While I prefer Spirited Away this is still an excellent film and a monument to not only how good a director Miyazaki is, but writer as well.
Rated 24 May 2017
74
84th
Rumination on the industrial beginnings of the anthropisation of the natural milieu, from a cosmological perspective where beings are distributed between living things, mortals and gods. In other words, if knowledge is always a means of approaching the future, then here cinema is seen as an attempt to revive a kind of magical understanding for the contemporary age, rooted in a new mythology, devised for intergenerational transmission and admirably conceived in non-oppositional terms.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
95th
Excellent Miyazaki stuff. The animation is beautiful, and even the english voice acting cast isn't half bad.
Rated 25 Apr 2011
90
95th
This is NOT a tree-hugging hippie movie. Mononoke-hime speaks to the deep dark heart of mankind's struggle against Nature that both delicately provides and brutally takes. In Japanese, the Gods come off angrier and fiercer, and the humans more relatable. Balanced and meticulously crafted.
Rated 29 Sep 2008
100
99th
Made me a better person, it's that simple.
Rated 19 Mar 2007
91
87th
One of the best animated movies I've ever seen. Great art design, a wonderful story, and great voice work.
Rated 22 Jan 2010
90
93rd
Really epic and awe-inspiring. The moral ambiguity was awesome, and Miyazaki has the greatest imagination.
Rated 29 Dec 2012
10
98th
Truly a masterpiece. Animation, characters, plot, and setting all work very well together in making Miyazaki's vision flow into life.
Rated 24 Feb 2010
10
98th
Miyazaki is a genius. This is only my third favourite of his films, and I still cannot find a single flaw. Sublime.
Rated 19 Aug 2010
95
98th
Miyazaki's imagination is deeply concerned with important values, such as nature preservation, and yet he finds a fantastic way to say it, without being too sentimental. Mononoke is one of a kind.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
99th
Hayao Miyazaki's masterpiece! Magic, adventure, characters that are nor evil nor good. Full of invention adequate to 8 movies by other director. Film which makes you love the Anime!
Rated 28 Nov 2016
10
93rd
Stands next to Spirited Away as Miyazaki's greatest and one of animation's greatest works. There's no bad time to watch this movie. You immediately feel COMPLETELY ENVELOPED in this world. A perfect rhythm, moving from intense action to contemplative reflection and back. A touching allegory about our destruction of the natural world. We destroy it not out of malice but out of desperate need. Is man or nature more "important"? Can there be harmony? Infinite beauty in this movie.
Rated 28 Jun 2010
4
51st
The animation is spectacular. The story and writing are embarrassing.
Rated 02 Mar 2007
95
94th
More story-driven than Spirited Away, and slightly less awe-inspiring. Or maybe that's just because I saw Spirited Away first. Either way I love them both.
Rated 28 Jan 2008
88
96th
Hugely enjoyable and imaginative animation. It might appear to be a tad convoluted on paper, but the films flows beautifully and is always coherent and compelling. I particularly like the lack of clear cut villain/good guy roles; this element in tandem with the creativity on show makes this a very satisfying experience. Highly recommended.
Rated 24 Aug 2009
95
93rd
Amazing. Astonishing animation with a deep deep story and a moving soundtrack to top it off. Lots of fantasy and a slowly progressing story pays of well.
Rated 02 Aug 2007
90
95th
Another great film from Miyazaki et al. My only real complaint is that the plot is all-encompassing. I prefer the more laid-back approach of Spirited Away and Kiki, or even the complete plotlessness of My Neighbor Totoro. That said, this is one of the most beautiful and important films that Studio Ghibli has made.
Rated 10 May 2016
85
89th
Stunning animation, incredible music, and a riveting story full of nuanced characters are only slightly tarnished by a fair-to-middling (English) voice cast.
Rated 21 Jan 2008
88
82nd
Note: Don't bother with the Neil Gaiman dub. Claire Danes will make your ears shrivel.
Rated 27 Sep 2020
81
65th
English dub: Spectacularly mounted and animated eco-fable is a feast of sights and sounds, hampered somewhat by some clunky and juvenile dialogue which, like many of Miyazaki's films, hurt the dramatic impetus from time to time. English dub is well cast, with Crudup and Thornton especially bringing some colour to their characterisations.
Rated 20 Jan 2013
100
99th
While often criticised for not having much structure, I find it refreshing how it lets the events all play out fairly naturally, rarely feeling as if the movie is moving towards a natural, satisfying conclusion. The message in the movie is clear, but not too preachy, and not one too many would object too either. And the imagery and events in the movie are hard to forget.
Rated 20 May 2013
92
96th
Fantastic, simply fantastic. Hats off to mr.Miyazaki! What I liked the most is the fact that the movie is not all black and white, there is no real villain, and the message of the movie is really strong.
Rated 09 Jul 2009
90
94th
Breathtakingly beautiful animation and a screenplay that puts most Hollywood movies to shame with the way it handles good and evil.
Rated 08 Jan 2017
90
91st
Worthy of its praise. Treats its subject matter, characters and spiritual with respect, crafting a beautiful yet violent fantastical tale of human vs nature. They could have cheaped out and painted everything as good vs evil, leaving it as black and white, but like the abundance of colours that permeate the screen, it's more complex than that. Of course the animation is superb, but that almost goes without saying. I also just loved the ending with the little forest spirit doing its thing.
Rated 28 Oct 2010
88
91st
You know, this has grown on me with repeated viewings, It's a family-friendly film that's also incredibly mature and intelligent with the way it handles political, moral and social struggles. And the animation is beautiful.
Rated 24 Feb 2023
95
97th
All of Miyazaki's movies are powerful, pushing the viewer to question deep-held assumptions, but this one cuts deeper than most. It's absolutely the bloodiest and most combat-oriented Ghibli, but that doesn't mean it isn't as caring and kind as all the rest, and that combination slaps you in the face and shouts, "It's not technology, it's not nature, it's trauma, trauma is both the problem and what unites us, it poisons us but we cannot deny it, we have to break the cycle thru absolute love!"
Rated 12 Nov 2014
84
89th
Good old fashioned epic with beautiful animation, rich & powerful themes, sweeping storytelling, epic score and a lovely surreal sensibility. All masterfully put together.
Rated 25 Jun 2012
96
99th
A masterpiece, this story has so many layers that no matter what type of movie you prefer there something in here that is for you and done with near perfection. This is an epic in every way shape and form. Similar in ways to Nausicaä but a little more compact and fluid and just a touch more mature.
Rated 07 Jul 2017
98
93rd
This movie is pure badass. judging by the cover it looks like a chick flick, but it is so much more than that. Miyazaki really knows how to make things feel Epic. This movie really proves how masterful he is at his craft. Can't recommend it enough.
Rated 07 Jan 2010
75
50th
A fine feature from Miyazaki, but it doesn't live up to the sense of wonder of Spirited Away or the adventurous spirit of Nausicaa.
Rated 06 Mar 2012
83
72nd
Not really what I expected from a Miyazaki movie. It's definitely more of an adult movie then his others. I thought the plot was a bit convoluted, but maybe it just needs a rewatch. There were quite a few moments that were tedious. I also found it kind of preachy, which is fine I guess, maybe I just went in with the wrong mindset. I was expecting some creative cute anime, but this was more morally ambiguous and bloody. It's still a good movie, but I was kind of let down.
Rated 27 Mar 2007
98
99th
The best of Miyazaki. Which is high praise indeed, as all of Miyazaki's work is amazing.
Rated 27 Nov 2020
43
88th
guess I don't blame those 30-50 feral hogs for their hatred even though I don't want to be anarcho-primitivist
Rated 10 Nov 2014
100
98th
Perhaps the most beautiful and profound movie I've seen. The historical remembering of the violent destruction of the subjective and Nature through the march of industrial empire, qualified in a thousand details. The psychology of hatred. Incredible.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
94
96th
Adult animation, brilliant themes and story. Loved it throughout. Neil Gaiman translation is cool, too.
Rated 26 Feb 2007
76
75th
Good, but honestly, I like Miyazaki's other stuff better. (Still really good, it's just that Miyazaki sets a damn high standard)
Rated 10 Jan 2018
78
86th
Good, but heavy. It's quite the investment, that I suppose is worth it but still left me very tired. Or maybe I was tired before I started watching this. I should rewatch this sometime, but I think I liked Nausicaa better.
Rated 14 Sep 2008
91
97th
BEsides Nausicaä one of my favourite movies of Hayao Miyazaki. Really believable characters.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
9
98th
Peak Ghibli, as far as I'm concerned, and one of the great fantasy adventure epics. There are so many scenes of pure, breathtaking beauty, a cast of characters I felt deeply for, and, on the base level, kick-ass action abound. It also works on the deeper level of a symbolic parable of the struggle between man and nature - a story told with little subtlety, yes, but there's nothing wrong with a masterpiece painted in primary colors.
Rated 21 Jan 2024
80
90th
Surprisingly bleak and serious. Only those who are grown up in seclusion or literally raised by wolves are able to escape the culture of destruction we call progress. The ending is hopeful yet bittersweet - the peace and calm seem only temporary.
Rated 10 Jul 2012
5
94th
Well, I'm going to have nightmares because pig squeals and blood worms, but it was still really good.
Rated 10 Jul 2021
60
48th
A little too gruesome to be inspiring.
Rated 11 Feb 2011
30
13th
Slow, repetitive, longer than needed, and I didn't find any story aspect that could make me forget its awful rhythm. Artistically, meaning draw and music specially, it's great, but for me it's just an empty movie. Beautiful, but without anything to tell. Yeah, ok, it has that ecological and respect between cultures topic on it, but it has been done thousands of times before and after this movie with better results. I may give it a second chance, but I don't think it was just a bad day.
Rated 23 Jul 2012
81
84th
While the story doesn't really rise above the constant 'man bad, nature good' line of thought, the gorgeous visuals, fluid animation and at times freaky weirdness led to a memorable and enjoyable viewing experience. Thanks to those burrowing slime-tendrils infested boars, I'm never eating spaghetti again.
Rated 01 Mar 2007
100
98th
Princess Mononoke is a perfect movie. Hayao Miyazaki is a master of the medium of animation and one of the great storytellers of our time, and it certainly shows in this magnum opus. This film is so awe inspiring! Perfect for comparing with its spiritual ancestor, Miyazaki's Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, which shares similar themes but differs philosophically; Mononoke is the ultimate result of the soul searching that he began when he started work on Nausicaa.
Rated 25 Feb 2009
85
94th
My favorite Miyazaki anime.
Rated 12 Jun 2009
91
97th
Incredible animation, a wonderful story and a hearty helping of Japanese weirdness!
Rated 13 Aug 2010
100
94th
Beyond the pale in dealing with mythology and religion and in a very grounded romantic adventure formula. The incredible tale circuits through many emotional layers.
Rated 04 Mar 2013
89
60th
A fantastic animation with a story that means to tell a message of forest preservation.
Rated 21 Jul 2008
100
98th
Incredible! Amazing art design and is just mind-blowingly awesome!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
98th
No one is a hero and no one is a villain in this story, and that's one of the things I like the best about it. An interesting mythology and the ambiguous morality of the characters is great too.
Rated 25 Dec 2006
96
95th
Visual Masterpiece. Hisaishi Joe lends a beautiful score, as well. One of Miyazaki's finest.
Rated 07 Dec 2010
75
54th
I'll admit, I'm no fan of Miyazaki's work. I've always felt his stuff was to "kiddy" or fan pandering, not to mention all of his stuff is fundamentally the same. But, considering the fact that one of my favorite film makers, Kon, is guilty of that as well.. Anyway, Mononoke doesn't fall into many of the same pitfalls, but at the same time I still couldn't connect to the characters and I still feel as though Miyazaki is to "preachy."
Rated 14 Aug 2007
53
41st
This was the first Miyazaki movie I watched, and it bored me at the time. Over the years, and after watching the rest of his filmography, I have learned to appreciate this more, but it's still one of his least impressive.
Rated 29 Apr 2011
96
88th
A fantastic fantasy epic that stands as one of master animator Hayao Miyazaki's best.
Rated 22 Feb 2013
95
96th
What needs to be said? It's incredibly beautiful and imaginative. One of Miyazaki's best.
Rated 07 Feb 2008
85
79th
Personally I think Miyazaki is at his best with simpler stories, as he is a master at nuance. When he goes big like here or with Nausicaa, he get's a little messy. While still an excellent and imaginative movie I re-watch, it's not quite the masterpiece so many make it out to be.
Rated 24 Aug 2019
89
74th
I WOULD DIE FOR SAN,,,,,,
Rated 14 Aug 2007
93
96th
Beautiful work of art.
Rated 20 Jul 2017
91
70th
Really cool movie. It is a good story with adventure, action, and a sense of mystery and magiacl realism.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
87
33rd
Well, it's Miyazaki, so it's gonna be good...the ecological undertones are what really make this movie for me, though. I've seen quite a few of Miyazaki's movies and this isn't my favorite, but it is a great plot and the message is an important one...
Rated 23 Nov 2008
96
99th
A fantastic example of just why Miyazaki is hailed as the great anime film director of our time. The animation is beautiful, and the story has a mythological grandoise to it that really lends itself to the imagination. Really great.
Rated 26 Jul 2022
98
85th
Loved it, I've re-watched it a couple of times now
Rated 11 Jul 2009
90
67th
I need to see the English-dubbed version (I saw it dubbed in Spanish with Japanese subtitles -- it was a benefit by the Japanese Embassy.)
Rated 18 Mar 2013
8
37th
Amazing story. Loved the tree spirits.
Rated 27 Feb 2007
91
97th
A cartoon eco-drama about the battle between technological advances and the natural world seems ripe for an insipid, good vs evil Disney flick but not in the hands of Miyazaki-san. What you get with him is a visually arresting, philosophically complex work of brilliance that is filled with shades of grey and is deeper than 95% of movies, live action or otherwise.
Rated 11 Feb 2008
30
1st
Not even the fact that Neil Gaiman tailored the English translation can save this one. My only recollection of the movie is that the characters seemed to run a lot.
Rated 03 May 2014
50
14th
It seems like Miyazaki's Green-Princess films aren't for me. The colorful visuals were great indeed (especially the animal design) but what about the plot and characterizations? Flat, tepid and uninspired. As much as I respect Miyazaki's environmental stance and admire his prowess at creating some stunning animation, this convoluted, overlong tale had me mostly bored.
Rated 31 Jul 2017
90
97th
Princess Mononoke is a fantastic animated movie with a strong, but nuanced, environmental message. It's got strong action, decent characters, enough plot complexity to keep things interesting, and thematic depth to keep you thinking. And, of course, it looks amazing. Hayao Miyazaki doesn't make bad-looking films, after all. This is a success--an epic movie with a large scope and long running time. It's exciting, intelligent, and gorgeous.
Rated 02 Jun 2008
88
78th
While sometimes unnecessarily grotesque, the movie itself has a beautiful landscape of feeling, emotion, and loyalty. The beginning seems to start off shaky, and there is rarely any mention of "mononoke", the character going by "San" instead. Still, it is as good as any - and every - Miyazaki film I've seen to date.
Rated 05 May 2013
100
99th
A masterpiece. It's not fair to simply call it one of the best animated films ever made. This is one of the best FILMS ever made.
Rated 27 Jan 2011
97
95th
Beautifully engaging animated film.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
97
93rd
Stunning and memorable. Big time anime movies are really impressive and if you've never seen one, this would be a grand introduction.
Rated 16 Aug 2009
4
55th
It's typical fantasy stuff, but I'm pretty much okay with that.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
92
68th
great movie, visually amazing
Rated 27 Aug 2007
92
85th
Crazy, trippy animation. A great childlike story that critiques the avarice of modern society.
Rated 10 Jul 2011
94
54th
Right up there with Spirited Away as one of my favorite animated films. Explores the world of gods and demi-gods in a beautiful way.
Rated 08 Apr 2008
95
40th
Dementional.
Rated 16 Feb 2010
97
99th
Great Movie... Must check it out
Rated 02 Aug 2013
90
90th
I saw Spirited Away and while I thought it was a good movie I was a little unsure of it as its transition from realism to fantasy felt slightly incoherent. However in Princess Mononoke the audience gets more of an established setting and the two elements blend seamlessly. The animation is breathtaking, and the story is layered yet simplistic. This is an absolutely must watch film for people of all ages.
Rated 30 Aug 2016
75
76th
Spirited Away it ain't... still beautiful to look at, and the underlying philosophy is still there, but the story borders on annoying. The love interest also seems tacked on and, for lack of a better word, unrealistic (and yes, I am aware I am saying so in comparison to one where one of the lovers is a dragon.)
Rated 04 Jul 2013
70
68th
I watched this whilst very tired, so may need to watch again in a more neutral mood.
Rated 05 Jul 2010
95
91st
A beautiful, action-packed visual mindfuck filled with genuinely heartfelt writing and a perfectly executed story progression.
Rated 29 Jan 2007
90
95th
The best anime I've ever seen.
Rated 17 Nov 2007
85
66th
Beautiful and complicated, as life always is. I love that Miyazaki never compromises that.
Rated 23 Dec 2013
93
83rd
With its epic story and breathtaking visuals, Princess Mononoke is a landmark in the world of animation.
Rated 01 Jun 2008
85
24th
Lovely animation.

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