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Renaissance (2006)

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48

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 75
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 39

Renaissance attempts to blend sci-fi wonder with stark noir animation, but is often more fun to look at than to watch.

48

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 11

Renaissance attempts to blend sci-fi wonder with stark noir animation, but is often more fun to look at than to watch.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 25,891

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Movie Info

Set in the year 2054, a policeman investigates the kidnapping of a young scientist through the jungles that are the militia-governed districts of Paris.

Jul 24, 2007

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All Critics (76) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (39) | DVD (19)

It's a testament to the production design that one quickly gets caught up in the story without ever completely losing the "ooh-ahh" factor. Ominous, wall-to-wall music bolsters the appropriately uneasy mood, and the bittersweet conclusion is satisfying.

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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For its retro-futurist look alone, this outdated thriller set in 2054 Paris is worth seeing.

November 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Its dark images echo in the mind's eye. And for that alone, it's worth seeing.

October 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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An empty experience; lots of shadow and noise, adding up to very little.

October 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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It's unfortunate that it's all in the service of a story as dull as it is complicated, though if you can make it to the end without drifting off, there is a small reward.

October 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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The sophistication of Renaissance is all in its ultracool appearance, with little of interest beneath its glittering surface.

October 5, 2006
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Ultimately saved by the strong performances, taut atmosphere, and awe inspiring animation...

April 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The picture is visually stark - at times imagining Fritz Lang had directed The Matrix - and isolated compositions, spiked with high contrast menace, are impressive in their artistic detail. However, the perfunctory plot is B-grade sci-fi.

November 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

The script's fusion of B-movie crime cliches and dystopian futurism, if not exactly original, is nonetheless vigorously engaging, and the English-language voice cast is good enough to make the existential noodling seem like real dialogue.

July 27, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Visually impressive sci-fi noir

July 11, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

The visuals of Christian Volckman's film blow away just about everything else on the screen this year.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

It is more Sin City (the graphic novel) than Sin City (the movie)! Or at least on a purely visual level . . .

November 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Like most cyberpunk, this film has a stellar premise. However, also in the tradition of cyberpunk, its storytelling and presentation is as murky as its production design.

September 9, 2007 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

...suffers from an unpleasant and relentlessly distracting animation style that ultimately renders its few positive attributes moot.

August 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

There are no grey shadings in the film's visual palette to match the characters' more equivocal moralities, and the result is a dark, dark world occasionally exposed to the most harsh and unforgiving of lights.

August 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

The movie radiates a dark, eerie, mysterious, otherworldly quality, yet it isn't enough to sustain over an hour and an half of story.

July 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Renaissance is a victory of style over substance and technology over art, but to score a real win, the filmmakers need to strike a better balance between the two.

July 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

The inky blacks and bright whites make for a really interesting, printed look that's unique...

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

The style doesn't just overwhelm the substance, it makes it irrelevant.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: UGO

Lacks a beating heart at its core. It's all about its technical aspects and sense of cool, and that's just not good enough.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Volckman and his collaborators have done a remarkable visual job that compares favourably with Sin City. The threatening nocturnal mood constantly amazes in a 'How did they do that?' sort of way.

January 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

While the story is not compelling, the style of the film is amazing.

January 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

A pic of true craftsmanship that dazzles until it wears out its welcome and becomes a drag.

December 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

If someone rips a page out of Sin City, Blade Runner, V for Vendetta and every other futuristic degradation of politics and corporations and no one is around to hear it, what is there to listen to?

November 2, 2006 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Renaissance

I'm a big comic/Graphic novel fan, not that you have to be to admire the beautiful animation, so I loved what they did but after a while it does get a little hard to watch. It's a great Dystopian noir concept but the story isn't great. It's got all the ingredients to be something I would absolutely adore but somehow it seems to have fallen flat and it seems others think so too. Maybe as a short film this would have worked better but at 105 minutes it was all a bit too much.
July 29, 2013
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Beautiful, stark images and a wondrous score do a lot to sell this French made sci-fi/detective hybrid (ala Blade Runner) that's unfortunately undercut by a script that's too standard film noir. The medium is stunning ... if only they'd concentrated a bit more on the story ...
March 19, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

An interesting script but the high contrast black & white animation is distracting and tiresome. Slightly above average graphic novel-ish sci-fi crime noir.
February 13, 2011
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Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

A graphic novel in movie form that works really quite well in providing a cool, dark, film noir atmosphere. It helps having the new James Bond to provide the lead voice too. The sci-fi story is a fairly good one and quite appropriate to the style of the movie. However, the plot can drag a bit at times.
August 12, 2009
RossCollinsUK

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