Summer Wars (Sama Wozu) Reviews

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.
January 20, 2011
The filmmakers can't keep the strands of their clumsy plot straight, but they create brilliant images and manipulate them with blithe abandon.
January 20, 2011
An enjoyably trippy Japanese animated feature from director Mamoru Hosoda, Summer Wars combines real-world drama (school crushes, testy relatives) with virtual-world dramatics.
January 16, 2011
The story's been done better (and balder) in Die Hard With A Vengeance
January 14, 2011
The relationship between Kenji and Natsuki unfolds as blandly as a Debra Messing rom-com.
January 7, 2011
It's a sugar rush of candy-colored images, a beautifully drawn tale of family tradition and a bracing brain tonic about the Internet's charms and vulnerabilities.
January 6, 2011
A sophisticated yet poignant family entertainment with an appeal beyond Japanese animation buffs.
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.
December 29, 2010
It's hard to appreciate things like the character detail amid the insufferably squealy voicing and arbitrary suspense.
December 29, 2010
There's a lovely, unhurried quality to Mr. Hosoda's storytelling, which nicely matches the clean, classically composed images of his outer story.
December 24, 2010
Hosoda adds enough dimensions to his characters and kinetic battles that the serene real world seems like a dream state.
December 22, 2010
Celebrates togetherness and bravery as much as binary-mathematics expertise.