Perfect Blue 1999

Perfect Blue

Critics Consensus

Perfect Blue is overstylized, but its core mystery is always compelling, as are the visual theatrics.

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A mysterious figure stalks a pop star when she becomes an actor on a television show.

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Critic Reviews for Perfect Blue

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (9)

  • Strange, stylish and intelligent, this is a rare anime film that delivers on its Eastern promise.

    September 22, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Perfect Blue's success lies in the twisted, self-referential storyline that intercuts reality with fantasy so fluidly that viewers inevitably take on Mima's shattered point of view, unable to distinguish the truth until the stunning conclusion.

    May 1, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • Perfect Blue is every Spice Girl, Shirelle and Supreme of yore refashioned and recast in Bergman's persona. An edgy new career, indeed.

    November 4, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • I found it very hard to get past the eroticised approach to rape and sexual violence which is a pervasive stain on this otherwise intriguing film.

    October 29, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • ... dark and voyeuristic fare with a plot that could easily have been borrowed from one of Brian De Palma's more lurid thrillers.

    October 26, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The action is wrapped up with a slightly ridiculous reveal, which doesn't quite make sense on its own terms, but Perfect Blue has its own kind of cult pungency.

    October 25, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Perfect Blue

  • Nov 03, 2013
    It gets a little too opaque and deliberately confusing occasionally, but Perfect Blue is a creepy, mind-bending psychological thriller that is consistently engaging and fascinating. It follows former pop star Mima who decides to leave her band and pursue an acting career. Many of her most devoted fans are outraged by this, and one particularly obsessive fan begins to torment and stalk Mima. As this fan's actions escalate further and further, Mima becomes increasingly paranoid and delusional. Soon she can't differentiate between reality and fantasy, and contradicting events begin to blur together into a surreal exploration of Mima's subconsciousness. The film is told in a very interesting nonlinear way, in which (like Mima) the viewer is kept in the dark about what's real and what isn't. By the end of the movie, it's still not entirely clear which scenes were just the product of Mima's delusions and which scenes were not. The film was clearly a key influence on the more recent psychological thriller Black Swan, but despite their similarities Perfect Blue is very much a unique movie. Perfect Blue is heavy on style and indecipherable at times, but it's so consistently intense and thrilling that it's well-worth watching.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 21, 2012
    This is fucked up. It does touch a few interesting themes and it plays well on that thin line that is separate reality and dreams.
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  • Jan 01, 2012
    Wow, this film has worked miracles in my mind, I've never seen such an incredible film. It's a westernised anime that was influenced by Alfred Hitchcock, Italian Giallos and David Lynch. It got me hooked up right from the very first minute I saw the film. Basically no one is sane in the film, kinda like There's Something About Mary meets Deep Red and Tenebre. At times the film uses surrealism to create a bizarre confusion in viewers' minds. The twist at the end is just fantastic, Only by then the audience would realised what has happened (No one is sane remember?) It's a psychological thriller master piece from Japan.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Aug 23, 2011
    Manga film from the 90s, i know because the girl is confused by the internet, this and the whole pop idol concept doesnt fully pull it along, but the film does get trippy when she and we are not sure whats reality and whats in her head, it has a entertaining style and very poppy and some violence and nudity when its needed. entertaing and worthy of a watch.
    scott g Super Reviewer

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