Millennium Actress (Sennen joyû) Reviews

October 17, 2003
Given its complex array of fact, fiction, location, character and atmosphere, Millennium Actress is almost unimaginable in any other medium.
October 3, 2003
This somewhat surreal anim import is unlikely to earn the same mainstream recognition as last year's Spirited Away, but it's certainly worth a look.
October 3, 2003
Lack of ambition is not one of the movie's problems.
October 2, 2003
Anime has never been my cup of oolong. Or it wasn't until Satoshi Kon's bold, time-traveling sophomore feature, Millennium Actress.
September 20, 2003
This is a screen trip that actually takes you someplace -- out of the world, around the world and straight to the heart of the world.
September 12, 2003
Disguises itself as a romance, but it's really a loving homage to Japanese history, as well as a comment on the nature of filmmaking and films.
September 12, 2003
It is a lovely Valentine to the golden age of Japanese filmmaking and an era of gentler, deeper feelings.
September 12, 2003
The animation in Millennium Actress ... and Chiyoko's wistful suffering is made achingly real.
September 12, 2003
Frequently a stone bore.
September 12, 2003
The movie's narrative can be taxingly ornate, but there's something beautiful about its metaphorical conflation of politics and glamour, the real and the fictional.
September 11, 2003
To watch Millennium Actress' is to witness one cinematic medium celebrating another, an expression of movie love that is wonderfully eccentric and deeply affecting.
September 11, 2003
As a piece of visual legerdemain as well as a rumination on the place movies have in our personal and collective subconscious, Millennium Actress fascinatingly goes where films have not often gone before.
September 11, 2003
Millennium Actress is a visual feast, but also a mental gymnastics routine.
September 11, 2003
A complex narrative strategy is muddied by emotionally stunted characters in this ambitious and visually sophisticated Japanese anime.
September 11, 2003
It's animated, but it's human and will touch the soul of anyone who has loved deeply.
November 20, 2002
A stylish if somewhat disjointed film.