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Cool World Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1/4

May 4, 2014
Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
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What Bakshi and his screenwriters don't recognize is that even dream worlds have their own fierce logic.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

May 4, 2014
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 4, 2014
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel

May 4, 2014
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

May 4, 2014
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

The movie has no internal logic. It's a mess.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: 1/4

May 4, 2014
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Cool World is a major disappointment -- a repellent oddity with unsavory overtones.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

May 4, 2014
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

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 Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 1/4

May 4, 2014
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

It has a walloping visual style, though, returning filmmaker Ralph Bakshi to top form.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

May 4, 2014
John Ferguson
Radio Times

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 Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 4, 2014
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)

A combination of Ghostbusters and Roger Rabbit, Cool World, unfortunately, plays more like the lamentable Howard the Duck.

Full Review Source: Spokesman-Review (Washington) | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 4, 2014

People Magazine

Back to the drawing board, everyone.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

May 4, 2014
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

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: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: C-

July 9, 2012
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

September 7, 2011
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

[Who Framed Roger Rabbit] is better than this film in every qualifiable sense except it doesn't have a sex scene.

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

April 29, 2011

Film4

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

Hopeless.

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
Variety
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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
Dominic Wells
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
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