Yongene Wong’s review published on Letterboxd:
It's not the most ambitious, epic, or adventurous Miyazaki or Ghibli film, but Miyazaki manages to create this beautiful world where Kiki has to be face her life ahead of her and all the good and bad things that accompany it - which accompanied with Miyazaki's directorial charm, Joe Hisashi's expectedly great soundtrack and Ghibli's gorgeous animation is what makes Kiki's Delivery Service so cute, fun, and full of innocence - while also dealing subtly with issues like depression that you wouldn't really expect a children's film to deal with.
Kiki's Delivery Service starts off with a bang with the opening theme Rouge no Denton and that's already enough to have me hooked on the film. I don't know how he does it, but Miyazaki always manages to bring a certain sort of exciting childlike charm to his films that I haven't really experienced in any other directors' works. It seems like it's almost exclusively his style, and it works alluringly in this one. This film also has some amazing animation, but it should have been expected considering I'm watching a Studio Ghibli film; it's almost as if all their films were crafted by the definition of exquisite.
Although I do have some issues with this one - as it doesn't feel as close to my heart as Whisper of The Heart or as consistently well made as My Neighbour Totoro - but that isn't to take away from the fact that this is one amazing film and definitely one of the highlights of Hayao Miyazaki's career.