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

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February 28, 2020
Although this movie will mean more to the folks who love the TV series, prior Bebop experience is far from necessary. This should be a very pleasant diversion for anyone who enjoys animation and science fiction.
October 5, 2019
It's crazy how something with so many pieces can still feel so slow and bland? I'm sure some anime fans will be horrified by that statement but there it is.
September 29, 2017
While not the strongest story of the whole saga, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie is an extended dip in a uniquely mind-bending pool.
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June 24, 2006
The film starts with a bang, but its characterisation comes with a whimper.
February 5, 2005
Color me impressed.
January 21, 2005
Chock full of stylized exploding chopsocky for the veterans, yet quirky enough for the cautious newbie.
January 14, 2004
Based on the popular Japanese animated TV series, it features many of the strengths and weaknesses of the genre.
October 8, 2003
The strangely planet-bound James Bond plot unfolds just like you'd suspect, only slower.
September 11, 2003
July 18, 2003
July 8, 2003
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.
July 8, 2003
"cowboy," no question; "bebop," another matter altogether.
July 2, 2003
The whole extravaganza could have made for a plucky 70 minutes, but it packs on an additional three-quarters of an hour of saw-toothed melodrama.
June 25, 2003
Cowboy Bebop fans will be slightly disappointed and newbies will be nonplussed as to the show's cult following.
June 24, 2003
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.
June 13, 2003
A joyless hatchet job.
June 12, 2003
The screenplay walks a tightrope, managing to stay amusing and lighthearted while handling hefty themes.
June 6, 2003
It's a mixture of the military/industrial complex paranoia of The X-Files, the deadpan style of Sam Spade and the wisdom of Confucius-lite.
June 6, 2003
Even fans of the series may be disappointed.
June 6, 2003
The movie, with room to gallop through nearly two hours and an R rating, often just kicks around in the stable.
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