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Four years after Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Ralph Bakshi tapped into the live action mixed with cell animated world in this adult-themed production telling the story of an edgy comic book artist who crosses the line into his own cartoon universe. The story begins with a prologue in postwar Las Vegas, where Vegas cop Frank Harris (Brad Pitt) is catapulted into the cartoon Cool World after crashing his motorcycle. The Cool World is a jive-animated parallel dimension created by animator Jack Deebs (Gabriel Byrne). Among Jack's many creations is the knock-out broad Holli Would (Kim Basinger).… More

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"A realm with precious little humor and zero pathos, to be admired only for its considerable technical achievements."
‑ Brian Lowry, Variety
"A surprisingly incompetent film."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
‑ Lloyd Bradley, Empire Magazine
"Critics often use the word 'incomprehensible' when referring to a poorly constructed movie, but nowhere is this assessment more accurate than in the case of Cool World."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"One of my favorite movies that I didn't like."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Even the eventual universe-shaking shag is an anti-climax, and by the time all hell rips loose just before the abysmally contrived happy ending, you're well past caring."
‑ , Time Out
"Cool World isn't difficult to watch (there's too much insanity floating around to be bored), it's just impossible to digest, absent any grounded activities that could elevate the viewing experience past weirdo cartoon diarrhea."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"The doodles are thoroughly repulsive and, worse, unfunny."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Although director Ralph Bakshi's imagination is certainly present, Cool World is too full of itself to create any magic."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"Here's hoping cartoons and noir will meet again on another, more auspicious, day."
‑ Jesse Hassenger, PopMatters
"What are the rules anyway?"
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Bakshi has carved out a niche for himself directing mixes of animation and live action, but he's let down here by an unconvincing script and characters."
‑ , Film4
"nice animation & design but - shudder"
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"Unfortunately, the film doesn't have much else to offer beyond narrative incoherence and bad acting."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Both the live and animated characters are equally uninteresting."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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