Paprika
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Groundbreaking animator Satoshi Kon (whose credits include Tokyo Godfathers, Millennium Actress, and Perfect Blue) directed this visually spectacular adaptation of a science fiction novel by Yatsutaka Tsutsui. Atsuko is a psychiatrist who uses advanced technology to study the human mind. Atsuko has developed a machine that will allow her to enter the dreams of her patients and study their psyches from the inside. Atsuko also does double duty as Paprika, a high-tech detective who uses this new innovation to find out the truth about what the people she's trailing really think. However,… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"With a conventional invade-dreams/bend-reality plot, it's a bit of a bore."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Is it sci-fi? Fantasy? Idiocy? Mostly it's a droning mess -- pretty to look at but confounding to the point where you just don't care any more."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"Reality and fantasy leak into each other in short-circuiting jolts in Kon's cosmos"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The animation shows brilliant imagination by the filmmakers."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Solely as a magical mystery tour of sights, sounds and surrealism, however, it's a unique animated blast to the senses."
‑ Larry Ratliff, San Antonio Express-News
"When there's this much spice and food for thought on one plate, how are you expected to taste anything at all?"
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Especially for fans who understand how movies are put together, Paprika grabs you from the get-go in a series of flowing images and transitions that follow the skewed logic of a dream, jumping from a three-ring circus to a swinging jungle vine."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"Though it's not quite up there with the cream of anime feature films, Paprika is a distinctive, quality addition to the genre."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"Its visual collision of mindscapes, films within films and dreams within dreams cascade into a dizzying rush that easily washes away the humdrum dialogue and somewhat sketchy plot."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Offers both eye candy and mind candy -- it's a thoughtful visual treat."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"You could sit through the film two or three times to nail down the details of the story, but the film isn't interesting enough to warrant a second look."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"As a showcase of the limitless power of the imagination, Paprika never fails to delight the eye and engage the mind. We are never sure exactly whom we should be cheering for, or even if we're rooting for real characters or their avatars."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Plays like the end and the beginning of Japanese cinema: it contradicts itself and contains multitudes."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Paprika fills me with such overwhelming enthusiasm as to leave me gibbering."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Watching anime is like hearing a foreign language in which you are fluent but not native: However much you believe you understand, you can never be sure you totally get it."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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