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Paprika (2006)

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83

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 86
Fresh: 71 | Rotten: 15

Following its own brand of logic, Paprika is an eye-opening mind trip that is difficult to follow but never fails to dazzle.

79

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 6

Following its own brand of logic, Paprika is an eye-opening mind trip that is difficult to follow but never fails to dazzle.

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Average Rating: 4/5
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Groundbreaking animator Satoshi Kon (whose credits include Tokyo Godfathers, Millennium Actress, and Perfect Blue) directed this visually spectacular adaptation of a science fiction novel by Yatsutaka Tsutsui. Atsuko is a psychiatrist who uses advanced technology to study the human mind. Atsuko has developed a machine that will allow her to enter the dreams of her patients and study their psyches from the inside. Atsuko also does double duty as Paprika, a high-tech detective who uses this new

Nov 27, 2007

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With a conventional invade-dreams/bend-reality plot, it's a bit of a bore.

August 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Comments (5)
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When there's this much spice and food for thought on one plate, how are you expected to taste anything at all?

July 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Comments (3)
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You could sit through the film two or three times to nail down the details of the story, but the film isn't interesting enough to warrant a second look.

July 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Is it sci-fi? Fantasy? Idiocy? Mostly it's a droning mess -- pretty to look at but confounding to the point where you just don't care any more.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Comments (6)
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Especially for fans who understand how movies are put together, Paprika grabs you from the get-go in a series of flowing images and transitions that follow the skewed logic of a dream, jumping from a three-ring circus to a swinging jungle vine.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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As a showcase of the limitless power of the imagination, Paprika never fails to delight the eye and engage the mind. We are never sure exactly whom we should be cheering for, or even if we're rooting for real characters or their avatars.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Reality and fantasy leak into each other in short-circuiting jolts in Kon's cosmos

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Though it's not quite up there with the cream of anime feature films, Paprika is a distinctive, quality addition to the genre.

September 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Plays like the end and the beginning of Japanese cinema: it contradicts itself and contains multitudes.

February 27, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

The animation shows brilliant imagination by the filmmakers.

October 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Its visual collision of mindscapes, films within films and dreams within dreams cascade into a dizzying rush that easily washes away the humdrum dialogue and somewhat sketchy plot.

September 13, 2007
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Paprika fills me with such overwhelming enthusiasm as to leave me gibbering.

September 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Solely as a magical mystery tour of sights, sounds and surrealism, however, it's a unique animated blast to the senses.

August 17, 2007

Offers both eye candy and mind candy -- it's a thoughtful visual treat.

August 10, 2007
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Watching anime is like hearing a foreign language in which you are fluent but not native: However much you believe you understand, you can never be sure you totally get it.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Comment (1)
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Manages to create a comfort zone for both Tarzan and Freud.

August 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Simply the most refreshing piece of cinema I've seen this year.

August 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Paprika, while certainly not suitable for kids, manages to capture the childlike, helter-skelter chaos and curiosity of the human mind better than any other animated film.

July 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Kon is a spectacular filmmaker, although not quite of the same warm, humanistic nature as Hayao Miyazaki.

July 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

Paprika stays in your mind as pure freedom and pure exhilaration.

July 17, 2007 Full Review Source: The Nation
The Nation

PAPRIKA adds quite a dash of spice to the anime genre and offers a fun ride.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
Murphy's Movie Reviews

Visually fantastic, logically flawed and incredibly dull. Just like your friend's dreams.

July 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Comment (1)
Orlando Weekly

The mostly 2-D animation is top-notch quality, and it is a fascinating idea.

July 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Paprika

There is something so disturbing and yet definitely entertaining about a film that explores the human mind, and this film does so in the most extreme and interesting ways. Through the beauty and intrinsic evolution of anime, the world of dreams has never been fuller or more vibrant on screen, at least not since "Un Chienne Andalusia". It feels so thick and odd throughout, mashing together the world of reality and that of the human mind. Fused together it's this strange ride through the sub-conscious that is both terrifyingly familiar and yet obtuse enough to be its own inane story. There's a lot of crazy elements that coalesce into an intricate and yet palatable world that not only remains adult with its themes but childlike and nostalgic. Thrown between these inert dreams comes the story of a hostile takeover from a high up figure, taking on a group of scientists who are trying to understand and study what is happening in the world of dreams. This dark and foreboding presence haunts the nightmares of a mashed dream that carries the psyches of multiple people, some possibly dead. The heroine of the film is a scientist working in the world of dreams, guised in the alter ego of Paprika, a red headed nymphet with a penchant for the absurd and a kind heart that speaks to a police chief. Paprika as an entity is not like a mindful Tinkerbell, but works as a pseudonym for the scientist. She works more as a strange multiple personality than a moderate cyborg. Paprika as a character is fascinating, and her role in the film is extensively reaching out to the other characters either through their subverted subconscious or in real life. The dreams are vivid, as well as the animation, and the story involves the same good versus bad narrative that dwells in most great films. This film is just so inventive and masterfully strange that it's something very other and yet powerfully recognizable.
June 22, 2013
FrizzDrop

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A film that is way ahead of its time, Paprika is an acid trip of an anime epic. The story is mind bending and the animations are more ridiculous than that face melting scene from Raiders of the lost Ark. In just 3 minutes of starting the film, the tone is established and the audience is presented with imaginative characters. An underrated gem but can match the likes of classics like Spirited Away and Akira.
August 30, 2012
paul o.
paul oh

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A movie that tackled the subject of dreams and reality before "Inception" made it cool. However, the dream sequences in "Paprika" are more trippy, a lot more trippy. The dreams in the movie burst with creative and unique visuals that make them incredible spectacles to watch. The story very smoothly weaves from sci-fi thriller, detective story, examinations of technology, and the nature of reality. However, I thought the characters could have been developed more. The only the character that is given a lot of development is the detective guy. One problem that arises out of this is that the character Paprika comes off as an enigma. It seemed the film is not sure whether we are supposed to perceive Paprika as a cheery heroine, charming ant-heroine, or a playful rule-breaker. Plus the villains are very under-developed as far as motivations go. Despite these minor issues, the film is still a must see for anime fans and non-fans alike.
March 12, 2012
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

Hands down the most visually stunning and conceptually ingenious film by animation auteur Satoshi Kon, it stands as Ghost in the Shell, not only as a landmark in what can be expressed in animation but also in sci-fi. Bringing the concepts of dreams into the world of scientific abuse, Paprika testifies that not only is our progression of technology amazing, but also very dangerous. It tests what remains of our humanity, our personal, private humanity that can only be found in our dreams. Blending reality and illusion together in his signature, seamless style, Kon orchestrates a visual treat for the eyes as well as a complex and driving premise for the mind.
January 27, 2012
Matthew Roe
Matthew Roe

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    1. Atsuko Chiba: Don't you think dreams and the Internet are similar? They are both areas where the repressed conscious mind vents.
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