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Akira Reviews

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June 20, 2017
It continues to show the best of the genre, almost 30 years later. It would be sacrilegious to give a different rating from PERFECT to AKIRA. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 4, 2015
Handsome and preposterously ambitious, and even its worst narrative missteps are a factor of that ambition.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
July 18, 2013
While its typically convoluted sci-fi plotting and sprawling ensemble of characters occasionally lead it to border on the incoherent, it's hard not to be in awe of the giant hand-drawn cityscapes that make up the backdrop for the eye-popping action.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 10, 2013
[Akira] is a blast and a half, a twisted dystopian parable of violence and rock and roll, Japanese-style. It's Disney on PCP, mean, rotten, psychotic, but incredibly vivid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 15, 2013
Extremely violent classic introduced anime to Westerners.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 12, 2012
Moments that can only be captured as animation make Akira still worth watching: gusts of wind from chopper blades, ka-tooming bursts of fiery explosions, Tetsuo's visions.
June 25, 2011
Plenty of superb recent blockbusters, including The Matrix, The Dark Knight, Minority Report, Dark City and Inception, are all in its debt - not to mention a fair number of shockers, like Star Wars Episode II and the most recent Resident Evil atrocity.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 24, 2011
Put it up there with the most astonishing animated features ever made.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 23, 2011
Style and substance run neck and neck in this thrilling, bold landmark film that just refuses to become dated.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 23, 2011
The cityscapes are awesome, the camerawork is dizzying. If you're new to manga, prepare to be converted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 22, 2011
Akira is pure concentrated cinematic excellence - accept no substitutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 8, 2011
When you absolutely, positively have to get some anime in your life, accept no substitutes; 23 years on, Akira is still the genre's crowning achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 6, 2010
Like Snow White before it, Akira was a step change in what animation could show.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 7, 2008
The movie, even at 124 minutes, has the densely packed sweep and go-for-it pep of a pop epic.
August 20, 2008
Un film qui plaira autant aux fans du genre manga qu'à ses détracteurs.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
March 10, 2008
Rightfully considered one of the greatest accomplishments in sci-fi storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 10, 2008
Simply put, no Akira, no Matrix. It's that important.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 9, 2007
Still one of the best techno science fiction thrillers of all time
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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.
February 9, 2006
An impressive achievement, often suggesting a weird expressionist blend of 2001, The Warriors, Blade Runner and Forbidden Planet.
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