Metropolis Reviews

Page 1 of 2
January 16, 2017
we see the director's towering world of tomorrow being erected on the foundations of yesterday's cultural influence... a dizzying postmodern edifice, more impressive for its shimmering Steampunk architecture than for the dramas accommodated within
July 19, 2010
A fairly standard genre exercise, packed with light, detail, color, noise, and motion that add up to relatively little.
October 18, 2008
Tale of the struggle for personal freedom in a futuristic, tyrannical society is light on action by contempo standards, and pic's look is uninteresting, apart from occasionally bizarre backgrounds.
October 18, 2008
April 17, 2007
It smoothly blends outrageously diverse visual styles and emotional tones.
June 24, 2006
Otomo's typically sophisticated script ensures slick pacing, combining humour, terror and pathos, particularly in the final scenes.
May 23, 2003
Parts of it are very silly, but it is still extraordinarily powerful as cinema and its meanings grow murkier, not clearer, with what we now know of Lang's life.
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.
May 23, 2002
The imagery with which director Rintaro brings this world to animated life is unique and captivating.
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.
February 17, 2002
Brings together some of the biggest names in Japanese anime, with impressive results.
February 4, 2002
It's an interesting genre. It's not for me, and I think it's far from great.
February 1, 2002
Apart from its own considerable achievement, Metropolis confirms Tezuka's status as both the primary visual influence on the animé tradition and its defining philosophical conscience.
February 1, 2002
Has an almost stupefyingly intense visual impact.
February 1, 2002
A fast-moving and remarkable film that appears destined to become a landmark in Japanese animation.
January 29, 2002
Both beautiful and distant.
January 25, 2002
A delightful stimulus for the optic nerves, so much that it's forgivable that the plot feels like every other tale of a totalitarian tomorrow.
January 25, 2002
The urban landscapes are detailed down to the signs on the kiosks, and the color palette, with lots of somber blues and pinks, is dreamy and evocative.
January 25, 2002
There's a vastness implied in Metropolis that is just breathtaking.
January 25, 2002
The dialogue is dubbed into English by generic actors, whose phony, emotionless rendition undermines what's on the screen.
Page 1 of 2