If you need more convincing, check out this page with links to clips and the US theatrical trailer.
Roger Ebert found it disappointing in comparison to the director’s recent work, but most other critics have recommended it (92% “fresh” on the Rotten Tomatoes scale, which apparently is good).
As for Los Angeles critics, Ella Taylor of LA Weekly concluded: “For all his tragic vision of life . . . Miyazakiís work is washed through with a fundamental decency and compassion that, to judge by his robust box office in Japan, has pierced even the leathery hides of underage anime fans. It certainly pierced mine.”
Writing for LA Citybeat (scroll down), Luke Y. Thompson opines: “Itís a bit of a comedown from Spirited Away, but how could it not be?”
Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times was awed: “We can have the excitement and joy of seeing new work by one of the greatest animators who ever lived just as soon as he creates it. Future generations will envy us our luck.”
Because I am temporarily working in Dallas, Texas, I must wait another week before my opportunity to be enchanted comes. I am jealous!