The Secret World of Arrietty
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Arrietty (Bridgit Mendler), a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents (Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (Carol Burnett). Like all little people, Arrietty (AIR-ee-ett-ee) remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to "borrow" scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts. But when 12-year-old Shawn (David Henrie), a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The fresh and simple story will win its share of young fans, though it lacks the disturbing adult elements might have attracted older audiences."
‑ Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter
"Yonebayashi gives Arrietty an excellent sense of balance, with the adventure aspects of the story, which feel legitimately dangerous providing well-paced contrast the film's more placid moments."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, The Atlantic
"There are undeniable signs of this being a first-feature from an "unproven" director, but there's also a confidence in Yonebayashi that elevates the material a great deal."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"With The Secret World of Arrietty, Yonebayashi proves himself to be not just a worthy successor to Miyazaki, but an accomplished visionary in his own right."
‑ Jason Buchanan, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"There's a gentle movie from Japan that's going to seem familiar to a lot of fans of the series of books about 'The Borrowers.'"
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"[The film] pulses with feeling for childhood and nature and develops a surprising amount of suspense considering it takes place around a single suburban home."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"It's an enjoyable and attractive-looking film, but a little of that "Speed Racer" energy wouldn't have been such a bad thing."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi explores a hidden ecosystem within our own ecosystem, defining the very fragility of nature at our doorstep."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It's not quite on the level of some of the studio's other works, but [it's] still fascinating to watch for its beautiful animation, interesting characters, and the heartwarming relationship between Shawn and Arrietty."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"Like motion picture Yoga--quietly cathartic and just the thing to raise your kids on."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"The Secret World of Arrietty is a marvelously captivating animated feature about very tiny people and the full-scale world they inhabit."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"The visual details are inventive, and the animation - particularly the colors - is lovely."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"The Secret World of Arrietty is a return to the land of imagination that is so often the basis for these beautiful films, which continually show that animation can be so much more than just a cartoon."
‑ Jeff Beck, We Got This Covered
"Studio Ghibli's best film since Miyazaki's eco-fable masterpiece Spirited Away. Its story is impeccably paced, its look beautifully imagined, and its drama perfectly built-up. Bristles, underfoot, with some delightful feminism and environmentalism."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"As pretty as it is, this Secret World is too Earthbound by far."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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