Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance

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High-school students pilot giant robots to defend the world from destructive machines.

Cast & Crew

Kotono Mitsuishi
Misato Katsuragi
Voice
Megumi Ogata
Shinji Ikari
Voice
Megumi Hayashibara
Rei Ayanami, Pen Pen
Voice
Yûko Miyamura
Asuka Langley Shikinami
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Fumihiko Tachiki
Gendo Ikari
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Yuriko Yamaguchi
Ritsuko Akagi
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Maaya Sakamoto
Mari Illustrious Makinami
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Takehito Koyasu
Shigeru Aoba
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Masayuki
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Hideaki Anno
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Hideaki Anno
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Critic Reviews for Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance

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  • Like a surly teen pilot, you, too, might find yourself bored and muttering, "Honestly, maybe the fate of humanity and the world isn't important to me, either.''

    March 3, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It's strictly for the fans, who will furiously parse the changes in the narrative (including a new female pilot) and the nonsensical stew of philosophical and religious symbolism.

    January 20, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • For the most part, this is the kind of immersive fanboy experience that doesn't suffer wandering attention spans.

    January 20, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Evangelion 2.0 will undoubtedly confound some viewers with its jam-packed narrative and jargon-heavy dialogue but the intricately designed, hyper-kinetic visuals more than compensate, especially when seen at the scale they deserve.

    January 13, 2011 | Full Review…
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  • You don't have to be a giant Evangelion fan to enjoy Evangelion 2.0...it asks whether it's possible to take on grown-up responsibilities and stay human at the same time. And the answer is as complicated as the mystery of the angels.

    May 23, 2018 | Full Review…
  • If there's one clear-cut reason to prefer the second film to the first, it's because the action is so vastly more impressive this time around.

    July 4, 2015 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance

  • May 20, 2013
    This is epic as fuck and a sure inspiration for Del Toro's Pacific Rim.
    Hugo S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 28, 2012
    This four-film project had the chance to get right the things that went wrong with the series, namely the technogibberish, the many underdeveloped ideas, the labyrinthine plot and the over-the-top ending; the first two films totally failed on that account. This second film indulges even more to technogibberish and non-sensical narration that wants to pose as sophisticated. The teen-angst characters seem fake and a bad replica of the original. The whole film seems like a cliche based on the tropes that the original series managed to establish. Shots like the elevator scene between Rei and Asuka have become a lot shorter (the original was painfully long but totally appropriate for the moment) and the whole character relations have got a harem-genre turn. Silly fan service is everywhere (for the male audience of course) which ruins the attitude of the film. The animation however is beautiful and the larger production values show, but somehow with less character than the series. The original series was a ground of extreme experimentation with narrative, strange angle shots that mirrored the internal states of the characters and some nice post-modern narration here and there (that was getting out of hand at the last episodes). Approach with caution or go see the series.
    George M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2012
    More giant robots battle "angels," and hero Shinji continues whining about how his father doesn't love him, in this second installment of the anime series. Pretty and logic-free, with candy-colored visuals and teenage angst.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • May 28, 2011
    Now this movie rules! Superior to the original, amazing visuals, and great characters that get you really attached to the world of Evangelion. It's simply beautiful.
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer

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