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Akira Reviews

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TV Guide
April 16, 2007
There is a moral here about mankind's lust for power, but it never clearly emerges from the spectacle of destruction and violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Variety Staff
April 16, 2007
A lavish animation extravaganza produced at a cost of $8 million, this futuristic exploration is a followup by author-director Katsuhiro Otomo to his tremendously popular comic books.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
An impressive achievement, often suggesting a weird expressionist blend of 2001, The Warriors, Blade Runner and Forbidden Planet.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
A furious spectacle of lush colors and dynamic movement.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
April 6, 2005
While Akira's blood splattering is over the top for me, I did enjoy the surreal, and the interesting complicated departure from the often-oversimplified good vs. evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
A phenomenal work of animation with all the hallmarks of an instant cult classic.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
Fred Topel
July 14, 2003
I never understood the appeal. The animation is jumpy and flat. The story makes absolutely no sense.
| Original Score: 0/5
Brian Mckay
March 19, 2003
It still stands as an orgy of the ocular senses, and a brain-twisting cyberpunk epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Set the modern standard of excellence for Japanese anime despite the movie's emphasis on blood and violence.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 18, 2003
A groundbreaking film that taps into the Japanese distrust of technology, science and the military.
Full Review | Original Score: B
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Brilliant visuals, murky story line make heralded sci-fi anime a confusing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
Although I'm hardly an expert on the genre, this is certainly one of the best "anime" flicks I've ever seen.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jason Anderson
August 28, 2001
Sure, computers are fine for flatulent ogres and dark-haired cyber-honeys, but no single work has been strong or thrilling enough to better Akira.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeremiah Kipp
May 30, 2001
Akira will appropriately smash you in all the right places.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
March 27, 2001
Easily the most breathtaking and kinetic anime ever made.
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The most expensive animated feature ever made in Japan... and it's easily the most impressive, as well.
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
Akira still holds up with the best of them - its animation frees movement in a way that cannot be replicated in live action movies.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Some of the imagery is nothing short of stunning
Shane Burridge
January 1, 2000
Almost too much of a good thing
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Emanuel Levy
August 12, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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