Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (Kaubôi Bibappu: Tengoku no Tobira) 2003

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

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.

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Cocky Spike Spiegel and the crew of his spaceship, Bebop, an intrepid band of bounty hunters, land on Mars in the year 2071 chasing an enormous cash reward. The four-person team, also including looming cyborg Jet Black, fearless Faye Valentine and tech expert Edward, are in search of ex-military officer Vincent. The former hero has become a biological terrorist with an arsenal of devastating nano-bots that he'll let loose on Alba City on the night before Halloween if his demands aren't met.

Cast & Crew

Esther Aflalo
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Louis Alain
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Jean-Paul Clerbois
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Philippe Cochin
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Critic Reviews for Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (Kaubôi Bibappu: Tengoku no Tobira)

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (26)

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

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • 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 | 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.

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

    Jamie Russell

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

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

    Vic Vogler

    Denver Post
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  • 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

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

  • Oct 12, 2011
    This is how you make an anime movie, I am a big fan of the series, so this is great. We have everything we love about Cowboy Bebop (The Music, the action scenes, the amazing characterization) brought together into this movie, and no anime movie has ended with a better song than this, Gotta Knock a Little Harder!
    Willis T Super Reviewer
  • Jun 02, 2011
    Embodies everything I loved about Cowboy Bebop. The chemistry of the crew, the Scifi elements, Spike's martial arts prowess and delicious animation while still retaining that slick bounty hunter feel. Someday though I'll have to climb over that lame melodramatic mountain that seems present in all Anime. The main antagonist is such a quack, boohoo everyone died except me! I don't know about my past so I have to kill large amounts of people! Please.
    Drake T Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2011
    Great movie, but not quite up to par with original OVA storyline.
    Chris B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2010
    Can’t quite figure what was wrong the first time so I watched it again and I’m still not sure. There is the proper balance of action and plot the anime is top rate, but I just never got totally into it. I have never seen the series but it kept popping up as a 4+ star in my queue. Spike Spiegel is the main character who is the updated James Bond of bounty hunters. His partner is Jack Black, who from the oddly arranged comment in the movie is a will developed character in the show but poorly developed in the movie. Other characters are Faye Valentine the fleshed out anime women in the show. Do flesh tight lieder hosen short shorts really exist? Hmm. Ed and Ein are an amusing duo. Ed is an apparently 13 year old feral genius computer hacker and Ein is a normal looking genetically engineered Welsh corgi (Lap dog). Who can win at chess every time. Out of the hoe show Ein is the most addressable, he solves the tough questions but no one takes him serious because he is a dog and he can’t talk. From what I read about the series the characters are well developed and multifaceted, but the movie is more of a more elaborately animated and longer episode. If you watch the series its probably a must without previous viewing it more like a sampler that not very fulfilling.
    Bill C Super Reviewer

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