• Akira
    1 minutes 44 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Akira Reviews

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Variety Staff
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A lavish animation extravaganza produced at a cost of $8 million, this futuristic exploration is a followup by author-director Katsuhiro Otomo to his tremendously popular comic books.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 16, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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An impressive achievement, often suggesting a weird expressionist blend of 2001, The Warriors, Blade Runner and Forbidden Planet.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A furious spectacle of lush colors and dynamic movement.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: B+

May 3, 2005
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

While Akira's blood splattering is over the top for me, I did enjoy the surreal, and the interesting complicated departure from the often-oversimplified good vs. evil.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 2/4

April 6, 2005
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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A phenomenal work of animation with all the hallmarks of an instant cult classic.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

August 30, 2004
Fred Topel

I never understood the appeal. The animation is jumpy and flat. The story makes absolutely no sense.

| Original Score: 0/5

July 14, 2003
Brian Mckay

It still stands as an orgy of the ocular senses, and a brain-twisting cyberpunk epic.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

March 19, 2003
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Set the modern standard of excellence for Japanese anime despite the movie's emphasis on blood and violence.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle

March 10, 2003
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

A groundbreaking film that taps into the Japanese distrust of technology, science and the military.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

February 18, 2003
James Rocchi

Brilliant visuals, murky story line make heralded sci-fi anime a confusing experience.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 3/5

November 7, 2002
Scott Weinberg

Although I'm hardly an expert on the genre, this is certainly one of the best "anime" flicks I've ever seen.

| Original Score: 4/5

July 26, 2002
Jason Anderson

Sure, computers are fine for flatulent ogres and dark-haired cyber-honeys, but no single work has been strong or thrilling enough to better Akira.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 4/5

August 28, 2001
Jeremiah Kipp

Akira will appropriately smash you in all the right places.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

May 30, 2001
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Easily the most breathtaking and kinetic anime ever made.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 27, 2001
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Akira still holds up with the best of them - its animation frees movement in a way that cannot be replicated in live action movies.

Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page

January 1, 2000
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Some of the imagery is nothing short of stunning

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City

January 1, 2000
Shane Burridge

Almost too much of a good thing

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January 1, 2000
Richard Harrington
Washington Post
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The most expensive animated feature ever made in Japan... and it's easily the most impressive, as well.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 3/5

August 12, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 4/5

May 20, 2005
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