A big thanks to Lisa Schwartzbaum for her review of Ponyo. She scores it an "A." It's a very short review, and there's little to report (it mostly rehashes the plot and mentions the celebrity voice cast). But the highest grades are rare at EW, and when an A comes along, you sit up and take notice. Great work, lisa.
Ponyo is in the strongest position of any foreign animation movie to become a success in the USA. The critics will be glowing with praise, the fans have been building and consolidating for years, and the domestic support is finally in place. If Hayao Miyazaki is ever going to break wide open in the States, it has to be now.