Summer Wars (Sama Wozu) Reviews

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Diva Velez
TheDivaReview.com
April 4, 2011
A charming allegory for man - or woman - against machine, Summer Wars is an eye-popping symphony of colour and imagination that leaps from the screen to blow the viewer's mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Dave White
Movies.com
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
March 28, 2011
Far from resorting to easy, reactionary technophobia, Hosoda shows Japan's age-old traditions being upheld throughout different generations, with the beautifully realised digital community of OZ proving as much the solution as the problem.
Andy Klein
Brand X
January 27, 2011
Where Hosoda shines is in the Oz-world visuals. The various confrontations with Love Machine in cyberspace are completely engaging - metaphorical visual representations of virtual conflicts in the manner of Tron: Legacy and Inception.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 20, 2011
The filmmakers can't keep the strands of their clumsy plot straight, but they create brilliant images and manipulate them with blithe abandon.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 20, 2011
An enjoyably trippy Japanese animated feature from director Mamoru Hosoda, Summer Wars combines real-world drama (school crushes, testy relatives) with virtual-world dramatics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 7, 2011
It's a sugar rush of candy-colored images, a beautifully drawn tale of family tradition and a bracing brain tonic about the Internet's charms and vulnerabilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 7, 2011
Summer Wars is every bit as good as anime fans have been hoping it would be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
January 6, 2011
A sophisticated yet poignant family entertainment with an appeal beyond Japanese animation buffs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 6, 2011
A free-flowing amalgam of cyberthriller and high school romcom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 6, 2011
Fanciful and beautifully drawn but leaning a bit too much on clichés and coincidences...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Debruge
Variety
January 6, 2011
It's no coincidence that the Second Life-style virtual universe thrown into turmoil in Summer Wars goes by the name of Oz. This spectacular anime entry from Mamoru Hosoda echoes that 1939 classic.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
January 6, 2011
Running almost two hours, its increasingly convoluted narrative may be too difficult to follow for younger viewers. But its thematic ambition and dazzling visual style ultimately make it one of the more rewarding anime efforts to reach these shores.
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
December 29, 2010
There's a lovely, unhurried quality to Mr. Hosoda's storytelling, which nicely matches the clean, classically composed images of his outer story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
December 24, 2010
Hosoda adds enough dimensions to his characters and kinetic battles that the serene real world seems like a dream state.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nick Schager
Time Out
December 22, 2010
Celebrates togetherness and bravery as much as binary-mathematics expertise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
January 16, 2011
The story's been done better (and balder) in Die Hard With A Vengeance
Full Review | Original Score: c
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
January 14, 2011
The relationship between Kenji and Natsuki unfolds as blandly as a Debra Messing rom-com.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
January 6, 2011
candy-colored anime
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
January 1, 2011
The story unfolds in unconvincing fashion, and the sci-fi elements seem silly rather than suspenseful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark Adams
Screen International
February 10, 2011
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 31, 2011
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