I had heard of Spirited Away before, when they were playing it on Cartoon Network, but never actually watched it until today. I had heard that this Anime Movie was very excellent and was critically acclaimed. For the most part I would have to agree with this.
During the begining of the movie, I got very confussed and almost stopped watching because of it, but I am glad that I continued to watch. I felt that the story line was excellent and it told a magnificent story which I found to be very compeling. I felt that the character development was superb and really showed the characters grow right before us. The magical elements were sometime hard to understand, but that usually didnt prevent me from understanding the story.
The art was absolutely phenominal. Each scene was beautifully done and the characters looked marvolous. All of the scenes looked great, and it was full of eye candy.
Overall this is a fantastic anime Movie with a beautiful story and beautiful art. Despite being confussed early on I'd have to say that this is an excellent film and recommend it on the highest level. I give it a 4.5 out of 5.