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Cool World Reviews

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Brian Orndorf

Cool World isn't difficult to watch (there's too much insanity floating around to be bored), it's just impossible to digest, absent any grounded activities that could elevate the viewing experience past weirdo cartoon diarrhea.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C-

July 9, 2012


Bakshi has carved out a niche for himself directing mixes of animation and live action, but he's let down here by an unconvincing script and characters.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 15, 2009
Lloyd Bradley
Empire Magazine


Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 1/5

May 15, 2009

TV Guide's Movie Guide

The doodles are thoroughly repulsive and, worse, unfunny.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 1/4

May 15, 2009
Brian Lowry
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A realm with precious little humor and zero pathos, to be admired only for its considerable technical achievements.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009

Time Out
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Even the eventual universe-shaking shag is an anti-climax, and by the time all hell rips loose just before the abysmally contrived happy ending, you're well past caring.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006

nice animation & design but - shudder

| Original Score: 1/5

June 24, 2004
Scott Weinberg

Critics often use the word 'incomprehensible' when referring to a poorly constructed movie, but nowhere is this assessment more accurate than in the case of Cool World.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/5

April 11, 2004
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide

Although director Ralph Bakshi's imagination is certainly present, Cool World is too full of itself to create any magic.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 61/100

March 7, 2004
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Unfortunately, the film doesn't have much else to offer beyond narrative incoherence and bad acting.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 21, 2004
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

One of my favorite movies that I didn't like.

| Original Score: 2/5

January 21, 2004
Jesse Hassenger

Here's hoping cartoons and noir will meet again on another, more auspicious, day.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

December 5, 2003
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Both the live and animated characters are equally uninteresting.

| Original Score: 1/5

September 18, 2003
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Wanted to be the next Roger Rabbit. Turned out to be a watered down 'Fritz the Cat.'

| Original Score: 2/5

April 14, 2003
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

Occasionally hints at being something great that was hacked down to size in both budget and time.

| Original Score: 2/5

December 30, 2002
Dragan Antulov

A huge disappointment.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/10

August 22, 2002
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

Mommy! Mommy! Make the bad man stop!

| Original Score: 0/5

July 26, 2002
Mark R. Leeper

There are a few clever little satires on other animated films and perhaps a good line or two, but the incoherent story just is not very interesting.

Full Review Source:

January 1, 2000
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

What Bakshi has come up with is merely a one-joke movie -- and it's a dirty joke.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Telling you that I liked Ralph Bakshi's Cool World a whole lot more than I expected to isn't really saying a whole lot for the movie.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 1, 2000
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