Metropolis Reviews

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January 9, 2003
While some of the subplots are very sketchy and the motivations of some of the characters are not clear, it is a journey worth taking because of the wondrous imagery.
December 8, 2002
In the end, the story doesn't really matter that much as this is really a vehicle for the amazing visuals.
September 18, 2002
One of the best looking and stylish animated movies in quite a while . . .
July 28, 2002
If you are a fan of animation you'll want to watch it more than once.
July 20, 2002
A film of staggering technical and visual virtuosity, filled with utterly amazing images, that's also entertaining and engaging for children and adults on several levels.
July 12, 2002
For something as splendid-looking as this particular film, the viewer expects something special but instead gets [sci-fi] rehash.
June 22, 2002
...a haunting vision, with images that seem more like disturbing hallucinations.
June 20, 2002
Wow. Japanese animation reaches new heights (if that's possible considering what we've already seen) with this superb adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's 1949 manga (comic book).
May 23, 2002
The imagery with which director Rintaro brings this world to animated life is unique and captivating.
May 11, 2002
A visionary marvel, but it's lacking a depth in storytelling usually found in anime like this.
April 24, 2002
With elements cribbed from Lang's Metropolis, Welles' Kane, and Eisenstein's Potemkin, the true wonder of Rintarô's Metropolis is the number of lasting images all its own.
March 29, 2002
The movie is for fans who can't stop loving anime, and the fanatical excess built into it.
March 24, 2002
The film is a dizzying riff on the original Metropolis and numerous other movies.
March 15, 2002
... more evocative than many other anime features, with its echoes of classic science fiction and contemporary cyberpunk.
March 14, 2002
There's so much to look at in Metropolis you hate to tear your eyes away from the images long enough to read the subtitles.
March 11, 2002
The visuals alone make Metropolis worth seeing.
March 10, 2002
One of the most important and exhilarating forms of animated filmmaking since old Walt doodled Steamboat Willie.
March 9, 2002
The story suffers a severe case of oversimplification, superficiality and silliness.
March 2, 2002
Technically, Metropolis is as much a breakthrough in anime as Akira, Princess Mononoke, and Blood: The Last Vampire.
February 26, 2002
Unlike most anime, whose most ardent fans outside Japan seem to be introverted young men with fantasy fetishes, Metropolis never seems hopelessly juvenile.
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