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Paprika Reviews

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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
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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
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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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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
June 22, 2007
Especially for fans who understand how movies are put together, Paprika grabs you from the get-go in a series of flowing images and transitions that follow the skewed logic of a dream, jumping from a three-ring circus to a swinging jungle vine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 15, 2007
As a showcase of the limitless power of the imagination, Paprika never fails to delight the eye and engage the mind. We are never sure exactly whom we should be cheering for, or even if we're rooting for real characters or their avatars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 15, 2007
We're so used to current cautious commercial formulas, it comes as an enjoyable shock to see something like Satoshi Kon's Japanese film, Paprika, which reminds us that with animation, almost anything you can imagine can be represented.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 15, 2007
This one jacks you into cyberspace, involving you psychically and physically.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 14, 2007
The movie bombards us with so many overlapping fantasies, it's hard -- and in many ways, beside the point -- to keep up with the plot. It's best appreciated by assuming something of a dream state ourselves and enjoying the giddy flow.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
June 8, 2007
What keeps the picture percolating is the stream of hallucinatory images, both nightmarish and oddly alluring, that Kon conjures.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 8, 2007
This is without question a unique and superior achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Paige Wiser
Chicago Sun-Times
June 8, 2007
My advice? Enter your own dream state, and surrender your brain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
June 7, 2007
[A] dizzying, ambitious excursion into the subconscious.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
June 7, 2007
Kon rarely cares about the stagnant old real world that his films so frequently transcend. His characters fuss endlessly about fantasy's gripping, consuming power, but he himself seems blissfully unconcerned with where his gorgeous illusions take them.
| Original Score: B+
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 7, 2007
The movie keeps flooding us with strange, scary imagery.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 7, 2007
Style 10, substance, maybe 2.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 1, 2007
You stagger out of this one both grateful and ready for a deep and dreamless nap.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 1, 2007
That the supposed bad guys are actually intent in preserving the sanctity of dreams adds to the disorienting exhilaration of Kon's best work yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 30, 2007
[Satoshi] Kon mixes visual beauty with disorienting perspectives for a cautionary tale about machine-influenced soullessness and the persistent Japanese popular love of the cute.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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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
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 25, 2007
I can't claim to have followed the story line of Paprika any better than I did Pirates of the Caribbean, but this mind-blowing, adult animated adventure from Japan is half the length and maybe five times as much fun.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 25, 2007
Whatever it is you're looking for -- comedy, horror, parades of singing frogs and dancing kitchen appliances -- you'll find it in Satoshi Kon's anime adventure, a jaw-dropping feat of imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
May 25, 2007
The über-dream is both gorgeously animated, in Kon's shimmering, hyperreal style, and sickeningly scary.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 25, 2007
Fiercely provocative, Paprika shames Hollywood's use of animation as a kiddie pacifier.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
May 25, 2007
In Paprika, a gorgeous riot of future-shock ideas and brightly animated imagery, the doors of perception never close.
| Original Score: 4/5
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David Ansen
Newsweek
May 24, 2007
Paprika expands your notion of what animation can achieve. You wake from it as if from a dream: spooked, provoked and exhilarated.
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David Denby
New Yorker
May 21, 2007
A masterly example of Japanese anime, intended for adults.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
February 24, 2007
[An] above-average Japanese anime sci-fi pic.
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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
October 18, 2006
An intelligently written piece that only falters during the finale, where Kon sacrifices the film's logic for an explosive ending.