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Paprika Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 9, 2007
With a conventional invade-dreams/bend-reality plot, it's a bit of a bore.
| Original Score: 2/5
May 27, 2007
Paprika is yet another incoherent anime that's more interested in its warmed over visuals than in indulging in any kind of storytelling or character work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 10, 2007
Watching anime is like hearing a foreign language in which you are fluent but not native: However much you believe you understand, you can never be sure you totally get it.
Full Review | Original Score: 84/100
Cole Smithey
June 25, 2007
If an animated scattershot clusterfuck tweaking under the influence of a determinedly Japanese mindset sounds like a good way to substitute a cinematic drug experience for the real thing, then go right ahead to Satoshi Kon's overflowing excess.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 25, 2007
The anything-goes dream logic is confusing, and the question of why, late in the game, the nighttime fantasies start becoming real, is left mostly unexplained.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
August 17, 2007
Solely as a magical mystery tour of sights, sounds and surrealism, however, it's a unique animated blast to the senses.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jurgen Fauth
May 22, 2007
Soulless characters in remarkably flat animation talking epistemological gobbledegook among watered-down psychedelia.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jason Ferguson
Orlando Weekly
July 13, 2007
Visually fantastic, logically flawed and incredibly dull. Just like your friend's dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
May 28, 2007
Paprika is for dyed-in-the-wool anime fans only. Others will likely see it for what it is -- a pretentious piece of animated nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 7, 2007
Style 10, substance, maybe 2.
| Original Score: 2/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 20, 2007
As a purely sensory experience Paprika is a spicy dish, but one that doesn't deliver much nourishment for the mind.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
June 22, 2007
Is it sci-fi? Fantasy? Idiocy? Mostly it's a droning mess -- pretty to look at but confounding to the point where you just don't care any more.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
July 13, 2007
You could sit through the film two or three times to nail down the details of the story, but the film isn't interesting enough to warrant a second look.
| Original Score: 2.5/5

IGN Movies
June 20, 2007
Doesn't do much to free itself from the trappings of the anime genre, which one supposes isn't necessarily a bad thing for actual anime fans. But for the rest of us? That's more nightmare than dream come true.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Pete Hammond
May 25, 2007
The animated blast of the summer- a rowdy, racy, brilliantly executed sci-fi psychedelic head trip that may just blow you away.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 31, 2007
For an alternate set of exciting alter egos, see Satoshi Kon's Paprika, a brilliant anime feature.
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
July 14, 2007
PAPRIKA adds quite a dash of spice to the anime genre and offers a fun ride.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
May 25, 2007
A slick, accessible and thoroughly entertaining piece of Japanese anime.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
May 24, 2007
Smart, electrifying, and proudly unhinged, this Japanimated gem definitely belongs in the fold, and might even win over a few older art-house patrons with its very adult, transhumanist premise of interactive dream therapy run amok.
Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009
Reality and fantasy leak into each other in short-circuiting jolts in Kon's cosmos
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