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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

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"It's a testament to the production design that one quickly gets caught up in the story without ever completely losing the "ooh-ahh" factor. Ominous, wall-to-wall music bolsters the appropriately uneasy mood, and the bittersweet conclusion is satisfying."
‑ Lisa Nesselson, Variety
"An empty experience; lots of shadow and noise, adding up to very little."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Ultimately saved by the strong performances, taut atmosphere, and awe inspiring animation..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Visually impressive sci-fi noir"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Like most cyberpunk, this film has a stellar premise. However, also in the tradition of cyberpunk, its storytelling and presentation is as murky as its production design."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"For its retro-futurist look alone, this outdated thriller set in 2054 Paris is worth seeing."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's unfortunate that it's all in the service of a story as dull as it is complicated, though if you can make it to the end without drifting off, there is a small reward."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"The picture is visually stark - at times imagining Fritz Lang had directed The Matrix - and isolated compositions, spiked with high contrast menace, are impressive in their artistic detail. However, the perfunctory plot is B-grade sci-fi."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"The visuals of Christian Volckman's film blow away just about everything else on the screen this year."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"...suffers from an unpleasant and relentlessly distracting animation style that ultimately renders its few positive attributes moot."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Its dark images echo in the mind's eye. And for that alone, it's worth seeing."
‑ Bob Townsend, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"The sophistication of Renaissance is all in its ultracool appearance, with little of interest beneath its glittering surface."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The script's fusion of B-movie crime cliches and dystopian futurism, if not exactly original, is nonetheless vigorously engaging, and the English-language voice cast is good enough to make the existential noodling seem like real dialogue."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It is more Sin City (the graphic novel) than Sin City (the movie)! Or at least on a purely visual level . . ."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"There are no grey shadings in the film's visual palette to match the characters' more equivocal moralities, and the result is a dark, dark world occasionally exposed to the most harsh and unforgiving of lights."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
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