Fantastic Planet Reviews

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Paul Trandahl
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
A jarring examination of racism and intolerance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ian Berriman
SFX Magazine
July 5, 2010
Grotesque yet graceful, it's a hallucinatory vision quite unlike everything you've ever seen.
Fernando F. Croce
December 17, 2009
A patchwork of cutouts from Soviet tech and science magazines pinned into druggy tableaux, with a genuine sense of placid terror to give teeth to its planar allegories
Stan Hall
January 9, 2009
Thirty-five years later, Rene Laloux's surreal animated film remains a singular psychedelic experience.
Douglas Pratt
September 9, 2008
The film's images are phantasmagorical.
Alan Morrison
Empire Magazine
September 9, 2008
Surreal and wonderful in a way not often seen from Europe.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 9, 2008
Eerie, surreal and a welcome respite from Disney-style animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
September 9, 2008
The film has a flat quality that cannot entirely be overcome by the sensational animation and the obvious good intentions of its creators.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
July 1, 2008
Anthropology meets surrealist art in a film about the coldly intellectual, logical Traags and the wild, passionate, heartfelt Oms. Manages to be both of our world and somehow not, shucking off any influences and finding a weird wonder all its own.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 15, 2007
The animation is crude, but the artwork is never less than astounding.
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 6, 2007
The strange worlds elaborated by Laloux could hardly be described as utopian, but nonetheless he uses them as a staging ground from which to try to resolve his concerns about the folly and aggression to be found on our own savage planet.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Roland Topor's graphics create a world reminiscent of two of the greatest artists of the fantastic, Bosch and Odilon Redon.
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Howard Thompson
New York Times
May 9, 2005
For original, thoughtful, often strong (but tasteful) animation, I recommend Fantastic Planet for family viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jon Fortgang
May 24, 2003
Period piece, polemic or tripped out hippy whimsy -- Fantastic Planet is all of these and lingers in the system long after ingestion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 22, 2003
Cult film that never was all that good and now looks pretty cheesy.
| Original Score: 2/5
Phil Hall
September 7, 2001
Extraordinary animated feature.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
If there ever was a film that needed to be experienced in order to be appreciated, this is it. Reading critics' words about it just does not do it justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Gary Dauphin
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
It's not every fancifully encoded cautionary tale that can survive the demise of its historical villains, and it's not every stoner midnight movie that can stand a second viewing in the sober light of day.
Michael Szymanski
September 21, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
August 16, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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