Tekon Kinkurīto Reviews

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Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
November 8, 2007
Tekkon Kinkreet: Black and White is an enthralling anime and easily the best-animated film you will see this year.
| Original Score: 9/10
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
July 27, 2007
For grown-ups who can let the story wash over them without asking too many questions, it's a treat.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 13, 2007
In the anime Tekkonkinkreet, two orphans of life's storms sail through the air like birds, like superheroes, like Jackie Chan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jim Hemphill
Reel.com
July 13, 2007
Since the movie more or less abandons all pretense of naturalism somewhere around its midpoint, in the end the expressionistic frenzy of light, movement, and color that takes over is enough to make it worth seeing.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric Kohn
New York Press
July 13, 2007
Borrowing in equal measures from innocuous child fantasies and Street Fighter, the colorfully imaginative world of Tekkonkinkreet has its fair share of marvels.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 13, 2007
The dazzlingly intricate backgrounds are a marvel, and though the jam-packed story occasionally trips over its own sentimentality, it quickly rights itself every time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
July 12, 2007
Tekkonkinkreet, for all its architecturally grimy virtuosity and flourishes of anime cool, remains the story of a damaged city that can still point to one mighty example of brotherly love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
July 12, 2007
Far less cartoonish than, say Pirates of the Caribbean 3. And its characters are the most poignant, and convincingly human, of the summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 11, 2007
By the end of this phantasmagorical journey, I was as wrapped up in the precarious fate of these two wounded kids and the honorable yakuza warlords of Treasure Town as I've been in any film all year.
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
July 10, 2007
Wins you over with its sense of style and attention to detail ... a fine display of what can be done in hand-drawn and painted animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jeremy Knox
Film Threat
July 10, 2007
A mournful poem about childhood and adulthood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Doug Cummings
Filmjourney
May 8, 2007
If it doesn't quite achieve seamless plotting and colorful dialogue, it makes up for it by merging highly stylized animation with live action aesthetics in remarkably immersive ways.
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Russell Edwards
Variety
April 24, 2007
Helming is fluid, giving the animation an extra sense of momentum and life.
Scott Collura
IGN Movies
July 23, 2007
Tekk it or leave eet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 13, 2007
Anime enthusiasts will want to take a look, but the film is too uneven to serve as a good introduction to the form.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 13, 2007
Somewhat resembles Paprika, another recent piece of Japanimation. But director Michael Arias, a Tokyo-based American, doesn't fuse his striking graphics to a story anywhere near as satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Paul Schrodt
Slant Magazine
July 5, 2007
The movie is a collection of disparate anime parts that never really comes together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Julia Wallace
Village Voice
April 24, 2007
Too cute and too rambling.
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