Fullmetal Alchemist (Hagane no renkinjutsushi) Reviews

October 27, 2019
"Fullmetal Alchemist" is an impressive film to look at (minus the blond wigs), but unfortunately, in terms of narrative, characters, and adapting is a mediocre effort.
October 24, 2019
Key aspects of storytelling, character building, and presentation are thrown out the window, and the finished product is a frustrating 135 minutes that feels like Chinese water torture.
September 1, 2019
Just because the visuals are nice in Fullmetal Alchemist doesn't mean we can overlook the lame costume design, the strained acting, or the piss poor representation of a beloved anime and manga series.
July 27, 2019
Sori's version of 'Fullmetal Alchemist' dies from being forced to compress the original work in two hours, and from lacking personality and, most importantly, soul. [Full Review in Spanish]
October 31, 2018
An ultra-condensed, very fast-moving yet also sluggish-feeling run-through of the major story points from the Manga and the two Anime series.
June 29, 2018
Even in movies, the laws of equivalent exchange apply: you can't get out any more, or any less, than what you put in.
March 7, 2018
Violence, gore, peril in live-action manga adaptation.
February 26, 2018
This couldn't have been an easy series to distill into one movie, but even so, the thinness of the plot doesn't do justice to the characters or the jaw-dropping visuals and design.
February 26, 2018
This film may be strong enough to create new Fullmetal Alchemist fans out of those who are unfamiliar with the source material, but it's not impressive enough for existing fans of the property to think that this is a home run, either.
February 22, 2018
Although not quite the disaster of previous manga adaptations, the film still falls short of the original story.
February 22, 2018
It's hard to recommend to anyone but the most faithful of curious fans.
February 21, 2018
If you're a fan of the franchise, it's worth checking out. It's a watch that pales in comparison to the original, but Fullmetal Alchemist makes for such a good story, even a bad version of it has weight.
February 21, 2018
Where this version really won me over is with its compelling effects and worldbuilding. It's hard to translate the madcap randomness and outrageousness of anime action into, well, real life, but Sori gives it a spirited go.
November 30, 2017
Fullmetal Alchemist has some good things going for it, but needs to fix the leaks and sputtering in the narrative's engine. The movie leaves room for a sequel, so maybe we'll get to see a new and improved Hagaren soon.
November 8, 2017
There's plenty to work with, but it rushes between emotional speeches and showdowns.
October 30, 2017
Conservative fans might appreciate its craven faithfulness, but adaptation isn't much fun when it's just approximation, and Fullmetal Alchemist behaves less like cinema than cosplay on a cinema budget.
October 26, 2017
Characters come and go quickly, leaving a feeling that there is too much compression of the multi-episode story.
October 26, 2017
Following [a] spirited set-up, the story never gains much propulsion or emotional weight.