New York Times - 03/15/2013
"Its visual magic lies in painterly compositions of foliage, clouds, architecture and water, and its emotional impact comes from the way everyday life is washed in the colors of memory."
A.V. Club - 03/14/2013
"It's all lovely and sweet....Miyazaki's animation does clear away the extraneous detail, re-creating the world of 50 years ago and instilling it with the poignancy of a family snapshot." -- Grade: B+
Wall Street Journal - 03/21/2013
"[A] film about many things...The movie looks lovely...it's luminous prose."
Los Angeles Times - 03/21/2013
"FROM UP ON POPPY HILL is frankly stunning, as beautiful a hand-drawn animated feature as you are likely to see."
Washington Post - 04/05/2013 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "The story of a girl grappling with first love, the absence of her parents and the anxieties of an on-rushing future in 1963 Yokohama has all the earmarks of a Miyazaki classic."
Total Film - 07/18/2013 3 stars out of 5 -- "[L]ovingly styled and touching....Adapted from an ’80s manga, Keiko Niwa and Hayao’s script cannily splices plot strands at the past/present tipping point."
Set in Tokyo a few months before the 1964 Olympic Games, FROM UP ON POPPY HILL tells the story of Umi, a teenager whose father died during wartime, and who shoulders much of the responsibility for her family's business in addition to maintaining good grades at school. Her orphaned friend Shun lives in a mansion on the school grounds with dozens of other kids, and when their home is threatened with demolition, Umi and the others do their best to stop the dwelling from being destroyed. FROM UP ON POPPY HILL is the second feature by Goro Miyazaki, the son of acclaimed animator Hayao Miyazaki. The film played at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
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