"...The beauty of the animation, a skillful blend of hand-painted foreground and well-placed computer background, works to generate the storytelling..."
New York Times
"...This visual wonder is the product of a fierce and fearless imagination whose creations are unlike any you've seen before..."
Los Angeles Times
"...Elements of Eastern religions and Japanese legends add to the otherworldly, magical quality of the film..."
"...A triumph of psychological depth and artistic brilliance..."
"...Miyazaki's comic touches and often astounding flights of fantasy -- enhanced by Joe Hisaishi's thankfully intact score -- still win the day..."
"...The film unfolds like an enchanted hybrid of Alice in Wonderland and Oliver Twist....The illustrations are richly textured..."Box Office
"...This is the best animated film of recent years....Delightful and enchanting..."
"...Remarkable....It has some splendid gags....The film's opening demonstrates the cross-cultural universality of fairy tales..."
Sight and Sound
"[A] masterpiece of modern animation....10-year-old Chihiro finds herself alone in an alternate universe that, for all its exotic trappings, could be a hinterland of Wonderland or Oz."Wall Street Journal