Reviews

How can I describe the inexplicable power of My Neighbor Totoro, Hayao Miyazaki’s timeless, ageless family film? It is like how childhood memories feel, if you had a happy childhood — wide-eyed and blissful, matter-of-factly magical and entrancingly prosaic, a world with discovery lurking around every corner and an inexhaustible universe in one’s backyard.

— Steven D. Greydanus

While younger viewers will adore the furry creatures, including the house-sized Totoro and the twelve-legged cat-bus, adults will perhaps best appreciate the film's delicate rendering of atmosphere (rainy afternoons in the country, as night falls), and its attuned understanding of the anxieties and wonders of childhood.

— TimeOut

Here is a children's film made for the world we should live in, rather than the one we occupy. A film with no villains. No fight scenes. No evil adults. No fighting between the two kids. No scary monsters. No darkness before the dawn. A world that is benign. A world where if you meet a strange towering creature in the forest, you curl up on its tummy and have a nap.

— Roger Egbert