My Neighbor Totoro

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 5+

Beautifully animated fantasy about friendship fit for all.

G 1988 86 minutes

Parents say

age 4+

Based on 162 reviews

Kids say

age 4+

Based on 142 reviews

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age 4+

An absolute beautiful children's masterpiece

A kid's film where there is no antagonist. Kids being able to express themselves and expend their personalities into a world of nature that accepts them. Totoro is benign in his bigness and does not default into the cutesy Fievel syndrome that was popular in the 1980s. A slow-paced film that takes children's feelings seriously and reveals how much better it is to believe and to love each other and finds beauty in the mundane and in community. My four year old loves it and yells for Totoro at least 4 or 5 times a week.
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age 4+

A beautiful movie

A beautiful movie about growing up. It’s so sweet and beautifully made. A deeper message is about dealing with grief and sadness.

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