Cool World Reviews

Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
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
Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
May 4, 2014

What Bakshi and his screenwriters don't recognize is that even dream worlds have their own fierce logic.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
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
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic
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.

Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
Top Critic
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
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
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
Brian Lowry
Variety
Top Critic
March 26, 2009

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

Dominic Wells
Time Out
Top Critic
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.

Janet Maslin
New York Times
Top Critic
May 21, 2003

Mr. Bakshi's skill as an animator continues to outshine his judgment about subject matter.

Hal Hinson
Washington Post
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

What are the rules anyway?

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

A surprisingly incompetent film.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4