Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (Kaubôi Bibappu: Tengoku no Tobira)

2003

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (Kaubôi Bibappu: Tengoku no Tobira)

Critics Consensus

This may be strictly for anime junkies, but they'll find much to like about Cowboy Bebop's casual violence and cool dialogue.

65%

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Total Count: 71
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The popular animé series Cowboy Bebop gets its own feature-length film with the aptly named Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. Set in the late 21st century, it jumps into the series' story line just prior to its conclusion, with the bounty hunting crew of the interstellar craft Bebop chasing a hacker aboard a tanker into a major city on Mars. As crew member Faye Valentine closes in on the tanker, she witnesses its catastrophic explosion, which soon appears to be a viral terrorist attack as the death toll continues to mount in the days following. Furthermore, Faye caught a glimpse of the person responsible for the blast and is thus the only surviving witness of the crime. After the government puts out a large bounty for the perpetrator's capture, the Bebop gang -- slacker Spike Spiegel, former policeman Jet Black, and hacker girl genius Edward -- begin their own hunt for the mass murderer, who is eventually revealed to be one Vincent Volaju. Vincent, it turns out, was the lone survivor of a governmental medical test and now seeks revenge by unleashing the same microscopic robotic virus used in the tanker explosion on the unsuspecting city. The Bebop crew must scramble to prevent Vincent from carrying out his plan, as well as try to locate an anti-virus to counterattack the effects of Vincent's virus. Released in both dubbed and subtitled cuts in the United States in 2003, Cowboy Bebop - The Movie premiered in Japan in 2001.

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Critic Reviews for Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (Kaubôi Bibappu: Tengoku no Tobira)

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (24)

  • The film starts with a bang, but its characterisation comes with a whimper.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • The only problem for me was that the plot failed to grab the attention the way the visuals did: a very involved storyline about terrorists and a biological weapon went on at least a half-hour too long.

    Jul 8, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A brilliant feature-length anime that's good enough to deserve mention in the same breath as Akira, Ghost in the Shell, and Spirited Away.

    Jun 24, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Jamie Russell

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • The movie, with room to gallop through nearly two hours and an R rating, often just kicks around in the stable.

    Jun 6, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Vic Vogler

    Denver Post
    Top Critic
  • Even those unfamiliar with the good ship Bebop will enjoy the high-intensity action and witty dialogue.

    May 15, 2003 | Rating: 4/5
  • Folks who go for this sort of thing will find it the sort of thing they go for. But the rest of us may find reason to scratch our heads and scratch again.

    May 8, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

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