The incomprehensible back story didn't dim my enjoyment much. The movie is a crackerjack audio-visual thrill ride.
| Original Score: 3/4
Fans, go be with your people. Others, approach cautiously.
| Original Score: 3/5
The widescreen canvas is an improvement over television's limited expanse. But if you're not among the indoctrinated, don't bother.
This is a very intelligent, well-plotted story - and my hunch is that we have not seen the last of our heroes.
At some point you have to ask: When are fantasy fans going to tire of heroes and villains throwing bolts of energy at each other? Give it a rest already!
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Soporific exposition culminates in a visually chaotic final act that makes "Tintin'' look downright restrained.
| Original Score: 2/4
Like a lot of anime, the movie remains entertaining even when you have no idea what's going on.
It's silly and excessive, but Fullmetal Alchemist occasionally strikes a note of adolescent truth, as when Ed wishes for "some way to get our bodies back."
Pic upholds the series' trademark use of pacey action and well-defined characters struggling against oppression and seeking answers to spiritual questions.