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Returner Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 4, 2012
At its worse when it tries to get serious, emotional or to just end the damn film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 11, 2003
Worth catching for fans of the genre, just to whet the imagination of what this talented director could do with a coherent screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bryce Wilson
CinemaBlend.com
November 8, 2003
No this movie doesn't have any redeeming social value.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
October 22, 2003
A watchable, if somewhat absurd, sci-fi stir fry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Chute
L.A. Weekly
October 22, 2003
A fourth-generation Terminator hand-me-down.
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
October 22, 2003
Ransacking films like Independence Day for ideas is one thing. Restaging E.T. The Extraterrestrial, right down to the cuddly alien, is another matter entirely.
Larry Carroll
FilmStew.com
October 20, 2003
Yamazaki has made himself into a cover band, content to play Van Halen classics for middle-aged boys looking for a trip down memory lane.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 17, 2003
Director and co-writer Takashi Yamazaki mines familiar territory and does nothing especially new with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
October 17, 2003
This irresistibly over-the-top delight remains truly original in spite of its debt to an array of cinematic chestnuts.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
October 17, 2003
With little room for new ideas, the film must rely on the strength of its actors, and they're excellent across the board.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
October 17, 2003
An action party for bored fifth graders.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 17, 2003
Returner was a huge hit in Japan, but this would- be sci-fi epic is soporific, shamelessly derivative and barely coherent by American standards.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
October 17, 2003
Plays like a John Woo movie superimposed on a Terminator /Independence Day /Men in Black hybrid and infused with an anime heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
October 17, 2003
Takashi Yamazaki doesn't have style as much as momentum, which keeps the film rolling right through the whiplash changes in tone from giddy cuteness and shameless sentimentality to brutal jabs of indiscriminate murder and mayhem.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
October 17, 2003
This Japanese sci-fi actioner copies so many Hollywood hits that it should win an award from the Xerox Corp.

E! Online
October 17, 2003
No real reason to plug in here.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
October 16, 2003
The real reason to see this film is the scrappy rapport between Kaneshiro and Suzuki. They are so good together, you won't know whether to cheer or cry.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
October 16, 2003
Returner is a smorgasbord that seems to have been picked out of a Dumpster.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
October 16, 2003
Returner goes on far longer than such a derivative movie has a right to, but it maintains enough of a balance between its human elements and its propulsive action sequences to keep us going.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
October 16, 2003
Like all good B-movies, Returner comes loaded with enough eccentric touches to give the recycling a whiff of freshness.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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