Cool World Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
May 4, 2014
A few of Bakshi`s inventions, such as a rattled telephone that panics every time it rings, are amusing and well animated, but most of the characters are grating and dislikable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
May 4, 2014
What Bakshi and his screenwriters don't recognize is that even dream worlds have their own fierce logic.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 4, 2014
Watching Byrne, Basinger and Pitt struggle to bring verisimilitude to this cockeyed business is painful. And watching the parade of ricocheting doodles is just headache-inducing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 4, 2014
The plot is too sketchy to provide much of a framework, and the only logic here is the logic of fevered daydreams. Yet, in spurts, the movie's enjoyable.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
May 4, 2014
Bakshi's world is typically subversive, anti-nostalgic and, at times, a brilliantly conceived grafting of two and three dimensions. Unfortunately, its ingenuity matrix seems to have short-circuited.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
May 4, 2014
The movie has no internal logic. It's a mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 4, 2014
Cool World is a major disappointment -- a repellent oddity with unsavory overtones.
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
May 4, 2014
Much ballyhooed, much-advertised, the live-action/animation feature is much disaster. Not even an animated Kim Basinger dancing the hoochie-coochie can save it from its own death-wish combination of outsized ambition and undersized budget.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
May 4, 2014
It has a walloping visual style, though, returning filmmaker Ralph Bakshi to top form.
John Ferguson
Radio Times
May 4, 2014
Director Ralph Bakshi looked set to produce an adult version of Who Framed Roger Rabbit with this mix of animation and live action, but somewhere down the line it ran out of steam.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)
May 4, 2014
A combination of Ghostbusters and Roger Rabbit, Cool World, unfortunately, plays more like the lamentable Howard the Duck.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4

People Magazine
May 4, 2014
Back to the drawing board, everyone.
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
July 9, 2012
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 | Original Score: C-
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
After the painstaking technical bravado of Roger Rabbit, it's no longer possible to get away with scenes in which a cartoon has obviously just been pasted onto an actor's wooden movements.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
April 29, 2011
[Who Framed Roger Rabbit] is better than this film in every qualifiable sense except it doesn't have a sex scene.

Film4
May 15, 2009
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.
Lloyd Bradley
Empire Magazine
May 15, 2009
Hopeless.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 15, 2009
The doodles are thoroughly repulsive and, worse, unfunny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Brian Lowry
Variety
March 26, 2009
A realm with precious little humor and zero pathos, to be admired only for its considerable technical achievements.
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Dominic Wells
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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.
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