Patlabor WXIII - The Movie
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This third Patlabor movie finds detectives Kusumi and Sinichiro investigating a string of deadly labor accidents in Tokyo Bay. Kusumi discovers that Sinichiro's new girlfriend, a genetic research assistant, could hold a secret that is vital to their investigation, and he is determined to unearth it one way or another. With loyalties clashing and government and military cover-ups abounding, they eventually get a glimpse of the treacherous secret weapon WEXIII: Wasted Thirteen. Now the two detectives must work with the army as well as the government in order to prepare for a clash between… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A cheesy monster movie."
‑ Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle
"Its solid story makes for decent viewing."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Just take a moment to listen to this film's beautiful, intricate sound design."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It's all over the place."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"[T]wo encounters with the beast WXIII - first in a darkened factory, and later in an empty stadium, to the strains of Beethoven's Piano Sonata in G Minor (Pathétique) - elevate the disappointingly flat animation into a vivid fable of monster and morality"
‑ Dan Fienberg, L.A. Weekly
"The trouble is that it's impossible to say with any certainty what's going on from one moment to the next -- and that at the end it becomes clear it has been a great deal more inaccessible than necessary."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"As animation, Patlabor WXIII The Movie is above-average anime -- there are undeniably impressive and imaginative flourishes to the artwork. Unfortunately, it's in the service of a story that simply doesn't amount to much."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"This above-average anime puts character development before action, although there are still enough fisticuffs, robots and monsters to hold the interest of the genre's core otaku (fan boy) audience."
‑ Richard James Havis, Hollywood Reporter
"If WXIII ... is terrific in ambience, it fails to connect the dots of its subplots."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"The backgrounds are handsome and moody, and the character animation is less distractingly cartoonish than that of films like the otherwise breathtaking Metropolis."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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