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Renaissance Reviews

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April 25, 2014
Ultimately saved by the strong performances, taut atmosphere, and awe inspiring animation...
November 7, 2012
The picture is visually stark - at times imagining Fritz Lang had directed The Matrix - and isolated compositions, spiked with high contrast menace, are impressive in their artistic detail. However, the perfunctory plot is B-grade sci-fi.
| Original Score: 3/5
July 27, 2011
The script's fusion of B-movie crime cliches and dystopian futurism, if not exactly original, is nonetheless vigorously engaging, and the English-language voice cast is good enough to make the existential noodling seem like real dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 11, 2011
Visually impressive sci-fi noir
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 23, 2009
The visuals of Christian Volckman's film blow away just about everything else on the screen this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 25, 2008
It is more Sin City (the graphic novel) than Sin City (the movie)! Or at least on a purely visual level . . .
July 22, 2008
It's a testament to the production design that one quickly gets caught up in the story without ever completely losing the "ooh-ahh" factor. Ominous, wall-to-wall music bolsters the appropriately uneasy mood, and the bittersweet conclusion is satisfying.
September 9, 2007
Like most cyberpunk, this film has a stellar premise. However, also in the tradition of cyberpunk, its storytelling and presentation is as murky as its production design.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
August 16, 2007
...suffers from an unpleasant and relentlessly distracting animation style that ultimately renders its few positive attributes moot.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
August 6, 2007
There are no grey shadings in the film's visual palette to match the characters' more equivocal moralities, and the result is a dark, dark world occasionally exposed to the most harsh and unforgiving of lights.
July 19, 2007
The movie radiates a dark, eerie, mysterious, otherworldly quality, yet it isn't enough to sustain over an hour and an half of story.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
July 18, 2007
Renaissance is a victory of style over substance and technology over art, but to score a real win, the filmmakers need to strike a better balance between the two.
Read More | Original Score: 73/100
June 21, 2007
The inky blacks and bright whites make for a really interesting, printed look that's unique...
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 24, 2007
The style doesn't just overwhelm the substance, it makes it irrelevant.
March 1, 2007
Lacks a beating heart at its core. It's all about its technical aspects and sense of cool, and that's just not good enough.
January 20, 2007
Volckman and his collaborators have done a remarkable visual job that compares favourably with Sin City. The threatening nocturnal mood constantly amazes in a 'How did they do that?' sort of way.
January 19, 2007
While the story is not compelling, the style of the film is amazing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 30, 2006
Graphic novel nerds will find much to love. But too much of Renaissance is stylishly stupefying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 3, 2006
A pic of true craftsmanship that dazzles until it wears out its welcome and becomes a drag.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 3, 2006
For its retro-futurist look alone, this outdated thriller set in 2054 Paris is worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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