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It's beautifully animated - the climactic sequence in Earth orbit is breathtaking - and its philosophical digressions are fascinating, if completely bananas.
We are treated to superb city landscapes but so much minor detail that you never know who is doing what to whom, or even why.
The cyborgs' epic search for 'His Voice' quickly becomes a little tenuous and ridiculous, pushing the film into maddening and tedious territory.
It's overlong and, for an animated film, there's too much windy philosophical talk of an ontological kind, dropping the names of Freud and the religious historian Mircea Eliade.
The script is lousy and laughable. Anime fans may be able to take the talky portentousness, but the ideas are ridiculous.
One of the most ambitious and interesting movies of the last few years.
A whole lotta WTF folded into a derivative, misogynist, and just plain incoherent mess.
We're in a post-9/11 world plagued with terror attacks. Is it an American corporate conspiracy? Or the work of a deity? Cue the obligatory second-half metaphysical blather.
Terrific-looking action sequences alternate with less terrific expository chat. Despite the natter, it's all mildly baffling.
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