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Ponyo Movie Review-How did it get an A- from the critics?!

Updated on August 28, 2009

The Worst Movie I Saw This Summer

Just so you know, I am a huge fan of Hayau Miazaki. I have watched Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Castle in the Sky, and My Neighbor Totoro. I loved them all and have watched many of them multiple times. I became very excited when I learned Hayau was making another movie: Ponyo. I saw the movie about a week ago, and it was a huge disappointment. Spirited Away started out a little slow and then got much better as the movie progressed. I wish I could say the same about Ponyo. The movie was boring the whole way through. Instead of waiting for it to get better, I found myself waiting for it to end. The animation, though still very good, was not up to par with Hayau's other movies. I expected Ponyo to take me to another world, full of interesting creatures and other unimaginable things. Unfortunately, I was constantly aware of my being seated in a movie theatre, and I wasn't taken anywhere.


Yahoo Was Wrong!

What made me really mad wasn't so much the movie itself but more the faith I put into the reviews on I like Yahoo because it gives you reviews not only from the critics but also from Yahoo users. The average rating from the critics on Yahoo is probably a B. Therefore, I was overcome by excitement when I saw that Ponyo had received an A- from critics! Just to make sure, though, I checked to see what Yahoo users had to say. Like the critics, Yahoo users gave the movie an average grade of A-. At that point, I was very happy, and I knew that Hayau had done it again. At least, that's what I thought at the time. Unfortunately, I don't trust Yahoo reviews anymore, and I will always check with other sites before seeing a movie. I wouldn't want to waste another 2 hours of my life on something that boring.


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    • marshall92 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      dohn121: Thanks for your comment. I am glad I could help. It is really a matter of opinion, I guess. The movie seems to appeal to younger kids (I am 16), although even the youngest of children in the theater didn't seem very amused. I hope you like it more than I did when you get it on DVD!

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      9 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      This is the worst news I heard today. Sorry you had to be the bearer of it, as I was wholly looking forward to watching this movie (I own every single one of Miyazaki's movies, dubbed and Japanese release). This is very disapointing to hear. This is almost as bad as hearing about how Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was garbage. However, I still will watch it...When it comes out on DVD.



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