Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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age 5+

Miyazaki's stunning adventure is geared to younger kids.

G 2009 103 minutes

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age 5+

Based on 94 reviews

Kids say

age 5+

Based on 111 reviews

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age 4+

Not Miyazaki's best...but it's still pretty good!

I am a big Miyazaki fan and this film is beautiful and full of whimsy, but there are a few big flaws that I found a bit difficult to overcome. The main one being that it is implied that Sosuke has to decide at 5 years old if he is going to love Ponyo forever or not...seems a bit much. Then of course that Ponyo's desire to be human becomes tethered to Sosuke and his love for her at 5 years old. It was a bit fantastical and cliche. The independence of children surrounded by supporting (or absent) adults seemed to be Miyazaki's films strengths and was a bit sorry that it took such a patriarchal "Little Mermaid" turn. On the other hand, my 4 year old LOVED it although he was visibly upset whenever Ponyo was manhandled or it appeared there was real wave danger.
age 4+

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