Wyatt Pike’s review published on Letterboxd:
Absolutely one of the best animated films I have watched lately. This is so heartwarming and adorable the majority of the time. The core bond between the two sisters adds a lot to that. I sort of liked how this movie blends an environmentalist message with this story of two girls dealing with their mother being away in the hospital, unsure when and if they will be able to see her again. It allows all of the stuff with Totoro to be used very well here and there. There is a nice balance with it. I was actually surprised with how little Totoro actually shows up in this. But I think with how much Miyazaki uses those elements, it works perfectly. The animation here hasn’t aged a day. It’s so impressive to me really. It’s all so gentle feeling, and has a certain tenderness and care put into it like all Miyazaki films do. It is perfection in that regard. I do not remember if I watched this as a kid or not, but this is the first time I have seen this in it’s entirety that I can recall, and I absolutely loved this so much.