Summer Wars (Sama Wozu) Reviews

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March 28, 2011
A cyberspace spectacle, but with the warmth and wonder we associate with Pixar or Ghibli.
March 28, 2011
Far from resorting to easy, reactionary technophobia, Hosoda shows Japan's age-old traditions being upheld throughout different generations, with the beautifully realised digital community of OZ proving as much the solution as the problem.
February 23, 2011
With a little luck, people will take a chance on Summer Wars now and realize that they were robbed of the chance to see Mamoru Hosoda give his child audience the respect they deserve and the thrills they want on a big screen.
January 27, 2011
Where Hosoda shines is in the Oz-world visuals. The various confrontations with Love Machine in cyberspace are completely engaging - metaphorical visual representations of virtual conflicts in the manner of Tron: Legacy and Inception.
January 7, 2011
Summer Wars is every bit as good as anime fans have been hoping it would be.
January 6, 2011
candy-colored anime
January 6, 2011
Fanciful and beautifully drawn but leaning a bit too much on clichs and coincidences...
January 6, 2011
It's no coincidence that the Second Life-style virtual universe thrown into turmoil in Summer Wars goes by the name of Oz. This spectacular anime entry from Mamoru Hosoda echoes that 1939 classic.
January 6, 2011
Running almost two hours, its increasingly convoluted narrative may be too difficult to follow for younger viewers. But its thematic ambition and dazzling visual style ultimately make it one of the more rewarding anime efforts to reach these shores.
January 1, 2011
The story unfolds in unconvincing fashion, and the sci-fi elements seem silly rather than suspenseful.
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