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The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.
Animated - This is a traditional hand-drawn animated film from Japan aimed at the
whole family, but the somewhat somber tone and gentler, slower pace
may make this not the best choice for impatient younger children. The
more familiar names in the voice cast have smaller supporting roles.
USA TodayFull Review Good The most beautifully animated feature of the last few years, The Secret World of Arrietty is a wholesome family film sure to entrance viewers of all ages.
Washington PostFull Review Good ...this gorgeous little movie is sure to be beloved by your little people, who may discover what it means to find a magical beauty in the things we can't altogether see. Upon leaving the theater, a girl of about 6 turned to her grandmother and said dreamily, "That Was The Best Movie Ever." And that sums up why this little movie is so very big.
NY PostFull Review Good Many animated and live-action films have dealt with miniature humans, but few have depicted a sheer sense of scale as effectively as this one. "The Secret World of Arrietty'' is a feast for the eyes that will engage the entire family.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 43 moviegoers:
CHILDREN:They all rated "The Secret World of Arrietty" very high.
TEENS:Fantastic reviews! There aren't a lot of reviews in this group but, fortunately, they are all very high.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:There are only a couple of male and female reviews but, fortunately, they are all very high.
ADULTS:The male reviews are very high for this type of movie. They are even higher than the female reviews, which is very unusual. The female reviews are good, but unfortunately not great. A little over half enjoyed "The Secret World of Arrietty" very much with many of the rest rating it average, with a few below average. I would say these reviews are certainly high enough to highly recommend this movie for the entire family.
Arrietty (voice of Bridgit Mendler), a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents (voices of Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (voice of 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 (voice of David Henrie), a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms. If discovered, their relationship could drive Arrietty's family from the home and straight into danger.