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

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Top Critic
June 24, 2006
The film starts with a bang, but its characterisation comes with a whimper.
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.
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 6, 2003
The movie, with room to gallop through nearly two hours and an R rating, often just kicks around in the stable.
May 15, 2003
Even those unfamiliar with the good ship Bebop will enjoy the high-intensity action and witty dialogue.
May 8, 2003
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.
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 4, 2003
The atmospherics are wonderfully dark and film-noirish, if overly violent.
April 4, 2003
Too episodic to be coherent drama, too silly to be taken seriously and too long by far, this is the rare example of Japanese anime that seems singularly lacking in inspiration.
April 4, 2003
It's corny, but it's also pretty cool.
April 4, 2003
It's hard to imagine this overlong, overplotted and underdrawn animation winning many new converts, either to the series or to anime in general.
April 4, 2003
An endless and endlessly pretentious expansion of the popular Japanese anime TV series.
April 4, 2003
Animaniacs will probably want to bump that rating up a star, and even I am looking forward to catching episodes of the TV show.
April 4, 2003
Possesses the same peculiar blend of hard-edged violence and insufferable cuteness that has effectively kept anime underground in the States.
April 4, 2003
This switched-on futuristic anime noir is visually stunning -- and it makes a lot more sense than Spirited Away!
April 4, 2003
With all due respect to Japanese animation fans and pop-culture enthusiasts, life may be just too short to plunge into the busy world of Cowboy Bebop.
April 3, 2003
Can take its place among animated films unexceptional in their depiction of humans and among a long line of B-movies about small bands of mercenary heroes who save a world or city or town as filmgoers know it.
April 3, 2003
The characters may not move with the fluidity of their American counterparts, but the story unfolds with a sinister grace that any live-action director might envy.
April 3, 2003
The animation is spellbinding, the characters are ultra-cool and the action is nonstop.
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