Kaub˘i Bibappu: Tengoku no Tobira (Cowboy Bebop the Movie: Knockin' on Heaven's Door)
Kaub˘i Bibappu: Tengoku no Tobira (Cowboy Bebop the Movie: Knockin' on Heaven's Door) (2003)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: June 24, 2003
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Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
64%
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User Score
90%


Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This may be strictly for anime junkies, but they'll find much to like about Cowboy Bebop's casual violence and cool dialogue.

Time Out

The film starts with a bang, but its characterisation comes with a whimper.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Color me impressed.

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Vic Vogler
Denver Post

The movie, with room to gallop through nearly two hours and an R rating, often just kicks around in the stable.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Honors the affectless beauty of the original anime art and maintains the outlaw boppiness of the series concept.

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Andrew Wright
Portland Mercury

Chock full of stylized exploding chopsocky for the veterans, yet quirky enough for the cautious newbie.

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Michael Senft
Arizona Republic

Even those unfamiliar with the good ship Bebop will enjoy the high-intensity action and witty dialogue.

Robert Koehler
Variety

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.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Based on the popular Japanese animated TV series, it features many of the strengths and weaknesses of the genre.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Drake Tsui
Embodies everything I loved about Cowboy Bebop. The chemistry of the crew, the Scifi elements, Spike's martial arts prowess and delicious animation while… More
JY Skacto
The Japanese show once again how animes can not only be great series, but great movies as well. The <i>Cowboy Bebop</i> series is well written and… More
Lewis C.
"Well, that's a real shame. But, we're not cops and we're not from some charity organization. Sorry lady, we don't protect or serve.… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Robber D: [Spike pulls a gun after being warned to drop the weapon, waving a gun in an old lady's face] Don't you get it? I'm gonna SPLATTER… More
Saskia D.
I really enjoyed the series, great chemistry between the characters. Great humor. This movie gives you a good idea on what to expect of the series n_n Edo is… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Manages to both capture the mood of the series and to have life of it's own.