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Liz and the Blue Bird

Released Nov 9, 2018 1h 30m Drama Animation TRAILER for Liz and the Blue Bird: Trailer 1 List
83% Tomatometer 12 Reviews 77% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
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Jordan Mintzer Hollywood Reporter Yamada has a very keen eye for depicting adolescent malaise in visually evocative terms, and Liz and the Blue Bird could have benefited from even more flights of fancy than she allows for here. Nov 14, 2018 Full Review Charles Solomon Los Angeles Times The sequences illustrating the fairy tale are rendered in a handsome water color style, but even these scenes feel too slow and deliberate to enliven the film. Nov 8, 2018 Full Review Richard Whittaker Austin Chronicle What's most impressive is that Yamada gives delicate life to a wafer-thin story of two friends drifting apart. Without ever feeling choppy or over edited, the shots are composed in microscopic detail. Rated: 3.5/5 Nov 1, 2018 Full Review Juan Barquin INTO Yamada equates the love between these two young women to a concert, impossible to perform unless there's communication and the two musicians fall perfectly in step with each other. Sep 17, 2021 Full Review Rachel Wagner Rotoscopers While it is not in the same league as A Silent Voice, it is a sweet and pleasant film that's worth a watch. Rated: 6/10 Jan 19, 2019 Full Review Jennie Kermode Eye for Film Older viewers may find that the sheer quantity of angst on display here makes for a trying watch, and may wish the girls would pull themselves together and have a proper talk, but the simple prettiness of the film is liable to win it many fans. Rated: 3/5 Jan 11, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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Mark C Ambitious, surreal, visually unique, out of nowhere break away side story from the Sound Euphonium franchise. Imagine if someone made a dead serious feature length film about Janice, and Marcel the monkey from "Friends" in the style of a 19th century impressionist painting. More of this randomness please. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/23/21 Full Review LABEL 2 7.5/10。叙事节奏差,缩减十五分钟左右大概是一个较为合理的时长。私以为用“日常”放空核心剧情从而营造真实感的手法适用于有黄前久美子的“上低音号”而不适用于本片,前一个小时过于稀薄的故事让观众从本该有的“专注”不得不转变为对最后半个小时的“期待”,导致精美的画面、别出心裁的配乐都成为了“被观赏的静物”而非“表达的载体”。优秀的制作以外,牛尾宪辅的音乐可谓是画龙点睛:少而精的配器、极具辨识度的节奏选择,以及片尾最后一个乐句流淌出来的旋律——很难不动容啊。 Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/30/24 Full Review christopher c. m But are we cutting into the story book? Did it really happen and we're flashing back to when it happened. There are no answers to these questions. I like a slice of life anime story but when it goes somewhere. If it was just the Liz and the Blue Bird without the confusing band kids subplot or side story or whatever, it might have worked. Slow but it would have world. Anime features can be 50 minutes and still be a feature. There was no need it to be 90 minutes and that other story is what ruins it, like "Fireworks", it goes nowhere, slowly. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member An extremely special film that displays Naoko Yamada's perfection of her craft. In concept and in setting, it is a remarkably small film. The film takes place almost entirely within a few rooms of a school (outside of the fantasy B plot) and is about a singular thing: the strained friendship between two people. Despite how seemingly bare-bones that is, it's a dense and carefully crafted film that never disappoints. The soundtrack is phenomenal. Kensuke Ushio is a true gem in the medium and I hope he continues to collaborate with Yamada. The gentleness of the songs fits perfectly with the tone of the film and the addition of diagetic sounds of a school into the songs themselves is brilliant. Credit of course must also be given to veteran and long-time collaborator to Yamada, Yoshida Reiko, who wrote the film. The two are an unmatched pair. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member It may not have a huge scope, it's quite small, but especially after Hibike! Euphonium, there is a lot of personal feeling in the movie. It is a very soft feeling movie. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member I made a Rotten Tomatoes account for this. Personal favorite movie. This is some high art Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Best friends in their last year of high school realize their is no such thing as being together forever.
Director
Naoko Yamada
Screenwriter
Reiko Yoshida
Distributor
Eleven Arts
Production Co
Kyoto Animation
Genre
Drama, Animation
Original Language
Japanese
Release Date (Theaters)
Nov 9, 2018, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 5, 2019
Runtime
1h 30m
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