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

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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.
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.
October 8, 2003
The strangely planet-bound James Bond plot unfolds just like you'd suspect, only slower.
September 11, 2003
July 18, 2003
Lustrous
July 8, 2003
"cowboy," no question; "bebop," another matter altogether.
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 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 2, 2003
Cartoon or not, the world of 'Cowboy Bebop: The Movie' feels as convincingly 'lived-in' as any seen onscreen in ages...
May 16, 2003
A postmodern animated epic, laced with film-noir savvy.
May 15, 2003
Even those unfamiliar with the good ship Bebop will enjoy the high-intensity action and witty dialogue.
May 2, 2003
Bebop does deliver quite a bit of lively animated action.
May 1, 2003
It's a stylish work, seeping with brilliant animation and potentially interesting characters that didn't need so much time to establish themselves.
April 20, 2003
The plot goes deeper than a regular animated film, perhaps because Japanese anime doesn't feel restricted (at least, not always) to the drawn genre.
April 16, 2003
Honors the affectless beauty of the original anime art and maintains the outlaw boppiness of the series concept.
April 15, 2003
Helmer Shinichiro Watanabe's oversight of Bebop's more expansive visual canvas is impressive, bringing out details not previously seen in tale's small screen version.
April 15, 2003
The visually arresting animation is more than enough to compensate when narrative confusion threatens to overwhelm.
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