Joel Lake’s review published on Letterboxd:
What a heartfelt story that so perfectly captures the feelings of childhood with endearing characters and such a fun whimsical story, My Neighbor Totoro is one of the best Ghibli films yet with the character of Totoro bringing a lot of heart to every interaction he has with the kids. The film also treats the deep subject matter of disease and death with so much discretion that any audience can relate to the story without being overwhelmed with its heavy subject matter. The way it shows the power of young imagination is one that will stay relevant in cinema for years to come.
The most powerful aspect of the film is the great looking animation. Nothing beats the scene of Totoro waiting for his bus that is a live cat to arrive and the cat taking our leading lady to find her sister through an amazing travel through the film's lush landscape.
My Take: Ghibli films never looked so good and Totoro is so much fun. I wouldn't mind this big guy as a neighbor.