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Metropolis (2002)



Critic Consensus: A remarkable technical achievement, Metropolis' eye-popping visuals more than compensate for its relatively routine story.

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Legendary Japanese animator Rintaro directed this lavish anime feature, which was adapted from a classic manga by Tezuka Osamu (which was, in turn, inspired by the imagery of Fritz Lang's classic silent sci-fi epic of the same name). In a futuristic society where a small handful of wealthy and powerful men hold all political power, the world is divided sharply between the haves and have-nots, and manual labor is only performed by robots. A renegade scientist creates a childlike android who bears a striking resemblance to the late daughter of Duke Red, the city's despotic leader, and Red decides to use the advanced android as the nerve center of a computer network that will allow him to take over the world. When the robot goes missing, a detective and his young son are sent out to find it. In addition to directing the film, Rintaro also performed clarinet solos for the film's jazz-influenced soundtrack score.more
Rating: PG-13 (for violence and images of destruction)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Animation, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Katsuhiro Ôtomo
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 23, 2002
Box Office: $0.5M
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Critic Reviews for Metropolis

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (20)

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

Full Review… | July 19, 2010
AV Club
Top Critic

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… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

It smoothly blends outrageously diverse visual styles and emotional tones.

Full Review… | April 17, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Otomo's typically sophisticated script ensures slick pacing, combining humour, terror and pathos, particularly in the final scenes.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A film of staggering technical and visual virtuosity, filled with utterly amazing images, that's also entertaining and engaging for children and adults on several levels.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The imagery with which director Rintaro brings this world to animated life is unique and captivating.

Full Review… | May 23, 2002
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Metropolis


The storyline and lip-syncing aren't as amazing as the CGI backgrounds and traditional animation blending. But Metropolis is still an enjoyable and above all emotional film for big anime fans and audiences with an open mind for beautiful yet depressing cartoons.

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One form of story telling that has, is, and always will be a test of true story telling talent will be animation. When one looks at it, animation will always be a less expensive, more breath-taking approach to films then any live action film can be. One of the best examples will have to come from Japan, their animation style known as anime. Already popular in the States, anime gives people a beyond detailed view into other worlds, creatures, and imaginations behind the people that created them that we can not help but be amazed at. Now, take anime and mix in elements from Fritz Lang's METROPOLIS, Ridley Scott's BLADE RUNNER, and Steven Spielberg's A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE and what you get is a beautiful film with a plot that, while complex, is nothing that we have not already know. At the helm of directing is the ever wonderful Rintaro. Known for Astro Boy and Kimba The White Lion, Rintaro takes the story and tries to make it move to a certain pace and style. Style, he has that down. Pace, not so much. There are numerous times when the pacing is slow and you would wish it would hurry up. While this is something of a down fall, you have all of that beautiful animation that keeps your eyes glued to all of the 150,000 stills that are in the film and you tend to forget about the pacing. Due to this being a film that was drawn, I am going to have to replace acting with voice acting for this film. In case none of you know, voice acting is when an actor only submits there voice for the characters. In a way, this is more troublesome then acting because you have to think on how you would sound when things like being shot at, being attacked, or even falling would sound like. With me seeing the English audio track for the film, I must admit that it is one of the better films to have good English dub for. Mostly I love not the voices, but all of the additional sounds that litter inside of this film. You hear so many unexpected sounds that you would normally never hear in an animated film regardless if it is the sounds of birds chirping to far off clinging of metal. I have to give props to the people who worked on sound with this film for making it all seem so life life. Next we have the script. Like I have said before, there is nothing new here that was not already thought up of in other films and literature of the science fiction genre. But the one thing I will have to comment on is how well the complexity of the characters were. Going into this film knowing not to expect anything complex with the plot, I am pleased to find out how complex these drawn characters are. I will not say anything for fear of giving away some plot elements, but I will say that you might find yourself getting attached to these characters. Finally we have something that did take me by surprise: the score. Now, answer me this: when was the last time you heard an original Dixie Land/ Jazz score in a film? Well, this film's entire score is this fresh Jazz music that really gave the film a nice bonus while setting the tone for probably one of the greatest tributes to Stanley Kubrick's DR STRANGELOVE, OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB. Overall, this is a beautiful film that might surprise some audiences if they watch it with no expectations. Just, do not think that this is a remake of Fritz Lang's masterpiece.

Zach Brehany
Zach Brehany

Super Reviewer

Very interesting, and artful japanese animation. Very high attention to details. Is great fun, yet could be a little long winded for the younger crowd. Lots of explosion and fights.

Alexander Wilson

Super Reviewer

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