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Metropolis (Metoroporisu) Reviews

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It's an interesting genre. It's not for me, and I think it's far from great.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

February 4, 2002
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Unfortunately, as this movie is a joy in visuals, it's a let-down plot-wise.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Christopher Null

Doubling up on the imagery makes for an interesting, though ultimately somewhat unfulfilling, experience.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

September 2, 2003
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

For something as splendid-looking as this particular film, the viewer expects something special but instead gets [sci-fi] rehash.

Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 6/10

July 12, 2002
Tasha Robinson
AV Club

A fairly standard genre exercise, packed with light, detail, color, noise, and motion that add up to relatively little.

Full Review Source: AV Club

July 19, 2010
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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The dialogue is dubbed into English by generic actors, whose phony, emotionless rendition undermines what's on the screen.

| Original Score: 2/4

January 25, 2002
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

The story suffers a severe case of oversimplification, superficiality and silliness.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 9, 2002
Derek Elley
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Tale of the struggle for personal freedom in a futuristic, tyrannical society is light on action by contempo standards, and pic's look is uninteresting, apart from occasionally bizarre backgrounds.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 18, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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One of the best animated films I have ever seen.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 25, 2002
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

There's so much to look at in Metropolis you hate to tear your eyes away from the images long enough to read the subtitles.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

March 14, 2002
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The film's imagination goes sky high, showing us unbelievable buildings, surfaces, catwalks, robots, colors, underground catacombs and, yes, fish tanks.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

January 25, 2002
Derek Adams
Time Out
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Otomo's typically sophisticated script ensures slick pacing, combining humour, terror and pathos, particularly in the final scenes.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer fans and adventurous filmgoers will find this ingenious explosion of retro-cyberpunk a compelling dystopian vision with a gleam of hope.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B+

January 24, 2002
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Com uma fabulosa direção de arte, uma animação expressiva e temas complexos, o filme representa um estímulo visual, intelectual e emocional intenso, resultando numa experiência fascinante.

| Original Score: 5/5

January 23, 2010
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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A near perfect fusion of computer and cel animation.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 22, 2002
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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A hallucinatory tour de force of color, perspective and scale, virtually encapsulates the history of Japanese animation.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 24, 2002
John Anderson
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There's a vastness implied in Metropolis that is just breathtaking.

Full Review Source: Newsday

January 25, 2002
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The urban landscapes are detailed down to the signs on the kiosks, and the color palette, with lots of somber blues and pinks, is dreamy and evocative.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

January 25, 2002
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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Apart from its own considerable achievement, Metropolis confirms Tezuka's status as both the primary visual influence on the animé tradition and its defining philosophical conscience.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

February 1, 2002
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Unlike most anime, whose most ardent fans outside Japan seem to be introverted young men with fantasy fetishes, Metropolis never seems hopelessly juvenile.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

February 26, 2002
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