Kaze tachinu 2013

Critics score:
89 / 100

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Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine: It is vigorous, subtle, thematically daring, visually gorgeous. Read more

Wesley Morris, Grantland: The pastel palette bespeaks a determined, almost demented lightness. Read more

Lou Lumenick, New York Post: Miyazaki offers a vivid, at times fantastical view of Japan between the wars, wracked by the Great Depression, a fearsome earthquake that leveled Tokyo in 1923, a tuberculosis epidemic and the rise of fascism. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: While it's not quite as magical as some of his previous films, it makes a fitting and often moving farewell. Read more

Scott Foundas, Variety: Hayao Miyazaki's hauntingly beautiful historical epic draws a sober portrait of Japan between the two World Wars. Read more

Mike D'Angelo, AV Club: While The Wind Rises isn't top-shelf Miyazaki, it features more than enough gorgeous imagery to make his loss feel acute. Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: The beauty of "The Wind Rises" - and it really is gorgeous - does not mask the troublesome aspects of its story, or of human nature itself. Read more

Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press: All he wanted, Jiro ruminates in this film, was to create something beautiful. Which is, at least, a feat that director Miyazaki has achieved. Once again. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: The movie's a gorgeous, problematic anomaly in an illustrious career-a case of rapturous artistic blindness. Read more

Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader: The film is one of the most rapturously beautiful that Miyazaki has made, and all the more unsettling because of it. Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: If this is indeed Miyazaki's farewell, it's a fine one. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: The great Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki has said that his new film The Wind Rises, will be his last. For all sorts of reasons, I hope this is not true. Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: At 73, Miyazaki's farewell is many things -- gorgeous, beckoning, compassionate. For better and worse, it soars above child's play. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: When Jiro dreams, "Wind" soars; when he comes down to earth, the film can feel a bit stiff and murky. But then, that may be the point. Read more

Keith Staskiewicz, Entertainment Weekly: As gorgeously animated as any of his previous movies, Wind has Miyazaki trading in his more fantastical impulses for contemplative, old-fashioned drama and period detail. Read more

David Ehrlich, Film.com: Perhaps the greatest animated film ever made. Read more

Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter: A film about the beauty of flight and the prelude to war, whose astonishing visuals shout that life is wonderful. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: To see "The Wind Rises" is to simultaneously marvel at the work of a master and regret that this film is likely his last. Read more

Michael Nordine, L.A. Weekly: Its questionable subtext is less problematic than the fact that it simply isn't that moving. Read more

Rafer Guzman, Newsday: Gorgeous, wondrous and troubling. Read more

Richard Brody, New Yorker: The studied whimsy hits plot points on the nose and seems likelier to inspire calculation than imagination; rather than just telling a story of regimentation, the movie feels regimented. Read more

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News: It's a gorgeous-looking, thoughtful epic, even if it falters at times. Read more

Nicolas Rapold, New York Times: "The Wind Rises," with its complex diminuendo, underlines Mr. Miyazaki's much longer, richly creative odyssey. Read more

Michael Sragow, Orange County Register: The movie's story and visuals are all of a piece. The incidents are layered; the wind reveals their secrets. Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: The Wind Rises has the sweep and majesty of a Technicolor Hollywood classic. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: In terms of tone, visual beauty, and storytelling, The Wind Rises represents Miyazaki at the apex of his abilities. Read more

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: The Wind Rises may come as a shock for fans of the kid-friendly, pro-feminist, deeply pacifist Miyazaki... It's a big story, and in this landmark film Miyazaki is up to every demand. Read more

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com: A work of immense mystery and strangeness, loaded with unforgettable images, spectacular sweeps of color and nested, hidden meanings. Read more

Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle: Miyazaki is arguably at the Kubrick/Polanski level, where his lesser films still yield great rewards. Even during the moments that don't soar, "The Wind Rises" continues tosatisfy. Read more

Dana Stevens, Slate: The Wind Rises has the historical sweep of a David Lean picture, complete with panoramic shots of migrating populations against a background of disaster ... Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Koreans, Chinese and others who experienced war atrocities at the hands of the Japanese have accused the film of political irresponsibility. But its real agenda, if you look carefully, is quite another matter. Read more

Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The view is beautiful, but the loftier aims of "The Wind Rises" fall short. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: An ode to flight and a celebration of living with one's head in the clouds. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: Miyazaki isn't taking sides, merely observing how the winds of fate often propel us into situations not entirely of our choosing and open to interpretation. Read more

Alonso Duralde, TheWrap: 'Airplanes are beautiful dreams' is a phrase reprised throughout Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises, and the same could be said about Miyazaki's films. Read more

Eric Hynes, Time Out: Even Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli wizardry can't ward off this story's jinxes. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: The film, like the wind it references, has wonderfully soaring sequences. Read more

Simon Abrams, Village Voice: An emotionally generous and expansively detailed romantic fantasy. Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture: Everything is invested with spirit: levers, flaps, and, of course, the wind. Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: Visually, "The Wind Rises" is a thing of sensual, contemplative poetry, from the pearlescent cloudscapes and verdant countryside of Horikoshi's youth to the hulking gray factories he visits in prewar Germany as a young man. Read more