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Akira Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 4, 2015
Handsome and preposterously ambitious, and even its worst narrative missteps are a factor of that ambition.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
July 18, 2013
While its typically convoluted sci-fi plotting and sprawling ensemble of characters occasionally lead it to border on the incoherent, it's hard not to be in awe of the giant hand-drawn cityscapes that make up the backdrop for the eye-popping action.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
April 10, 2013
Pounding away, it becomes monotonous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
April 10, 2013
[Akira] is a blast and a half, a twisted dystopian parable of violence and rock and roll, Japanese-style. It's Disney on PCP, mean, rotten, psychotic, but incredibly vivid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Charles Solomon
Los Angeles Times
April 10, 2013
A compendium of the worst cliches of Japanese animation -- two hours of chases, laser attacks, machine-gun battles, spilled stage blood, computer-animated backgrounds and hokey dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
March 15, 2013
Extremely violent classic introduced anime to Westerners.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
January 12, 2012
Moments that can only be captured as animation make Akira still worth watching: gusts of wind from chopper blades, ka-tooming bursts of fiery explosions, Tetsuo's visions.
Robbie Collin
News of the World
June 25, 2011
Plenty of superb recent blockbusters, including The Matrix, The Dark Knight, Minority Report, Dark City and Inception, are all in its debt - not to mention a fair number of shockers, like Star Wars Episode II and the most recent Resident Evil atrocity.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
June 24, 2011
Put it up there with the most astonishing animated features ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Phelim O'Neill
Guardian
June 23, 2011
Style and substance run neck and neck in this thrilling, bold landmark film that just refuses to become dated.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
June 23, 2011
The cityscapes are awesome, the camerawork is dizzying. If you're new to manga, prepare to be converted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
June 22, 2011
Akira is pure concentrated cinematic excellence - accept no substitutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Andrew Lowry
Total Film
June 8, 2011
When you absolutely, positively have to get some anime in your life, accept no substitutes; 23 years on, Akira is still the genre's crowning achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Donald Munro
Eye for Film
July 6, 2010
Like Snow White before it, Akira was a step change in what animation could show.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
September 7, 2008
The movie, even at 124 minutes, has the densely packed sweep and go-for-it pep of a pop epic.
August 20, 2008
Un film qui plaira autant aux fans du genre manga qu'à ses détracteurs.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10

Film4
March 10, 2008
Rightfully considered one of the greatest accomplishments in sci-fi storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
March 10, 2008
Simply put, no Akira, no Matrix. It's that important.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Film Threat
August 9, 2007
Still one of the best techno science fiction thrillers of all time
| Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 16, 2007
Grade-school violence freaks may find a few kicks here, but even they may have trouble coping with this ugly movie's ending about eight separate times.
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