Ponyo, an emotionally profound, visually thrilling animated reimagining of the classic fairy tale The Little Mermaid, is another opportunity for the smitten to state the
obvious: The work of the legendary Japanese animation artist Hayao Miyazaki is both
unmistakable and inimitable.
—Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly
...aimed at particularly young audiences...
—Tasha Robinson Onion AV Club
...not quite as magical or complexly unsettling as, say, Howl's Moving Castle or his Oscar-winning masterpiece, Spirited Away. But it's still a marvel.
—Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor
...the latest masterwork from Hayao Miyazaki...
—Manohla Dargis New York Times
There is a word to describe Ponyo, and that word is magical.
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
...as irresistible as My Neighbor Totoro, but less furry and all wet.
—Pete Paras E!
...a charming adventure.
—Claudia Puig USA Today
—Lou Lumenick New York Post
...the latest magical offering from Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki...
—Leah Rozen People
Sit back and behold.
—Peter Travers Rolling Stone
...there are some real pleasures to be had in Miyazaki's latest, even if the film is clearly a far cry from the Japanese master's previous triumphs.
—Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine