Kaub˘i Bibappu: Tengoku no Tobira (Cowboy Bebop the Movie: Knockin' on Heaven's Door)
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Kaub˘i Bibappu: Tengoku no Tobira (Cowboy Bebop the Movie: Knockin' on Heaven's Door)
The popular animÚ series Cowboy Bebop gets its own feature-length film with the aptly named Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. Set in the late 21st century, it jumps into the series' story line just prior to its conclusion, with the bounty hunting crew of the interstellar craft Bebop chasing a hacker aboard a tanker into a major city on Mars. As crew member Faye Valentine closes in on the tanker, she witnesses its catastrophic explosion, which soon appears to be a viral terrorist attack as the death toll continues to mount in the days following. Furthermore, Faye caught a glimpse of the person… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film starts with a bang, but its characterisation comes with a whimper."
‑ , Time Out
"Folks who go for this sort of thing will find it the sort of thing they go for. But the rest of us may find reason to scratch our heads and scratch again."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Color me impressed."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"The strangely planet-bound James Bond plot unfolds just like you'd suspect, only slower."
‑ Jurgen Fauth, About.com
""cowboy," no question; "bebop," another matter altogether."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"The movie, with room to gallop through nearly two hours and an R rating, often just kicks around in the stable."
‑ Vic Vogler, Denver Post
"Honors the affectless beauty of the original anime art and maintains the outlaw boppiness of the series concept."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Chock full of stylized exploding chopsocky for the veterans, yet quirky enough for the cautious newbie."
‑ Andrew Wright, Portland Mercury
‑ Chris Barsanti, Filmcritic.com
"The whole extravaganza could have made for a plucky 70 minutes, but it packs on an additional three-quarters of an hour of saw-toothed melodrama."
‑ Tom Meek, Boston Phoenix
"Even those unfamiliar with the good ship Bebop will enjoy the high-intensity action and witty dialogue."
‑ Michael Senft, Arizona Republic
"Helmer Shinichiro Watanabe's oversight of Bebop's more expansive visual canvas is impressive, bringing out details not previously seen in tale's small screen version."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"Based on the popular Japanese animated TV series, it features many of the strengths and weaknesses of the genre."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"The only problem for me was that the plot failed to grab the attention the way the visuals did: a very involved storyline about terrorists and a biological weapon went on at least a half-hour too long."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Cowboy Bebop fans will be slightly disappointed and newbies will be nonplussed as to the show's cult following."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page