Akira (1988)

One of the best-known examples of contemporary Japanese animation, this cyberpunk adventure takes place in the post-apocalyptic city of Neo-Tokyo. A teen-age boy is exposed to a mysterious energy source and develops telekinetic powers that… More

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Rated: R
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DVD Release Date: July 17, 2001
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Akira is distractingly bloody and violent, but its phenomenal animation and sheer kinetic energy helped set the standard for modern anime.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

Pounding away, it becomes monotonous.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Grade-school violence freaks may find a few kicks here, but even they may have trouble coping with this ugly movie's ending about eight separate times.

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Julio Vélez
Cine Premiere

It continues to show the best of the genre, almost 30 years later. It would be sacrilegious to give a different rating from PERFECT to AKIRA. [Full review in Spanish]

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Charles Solomon
Los Angeles Times

A compendium of the worst cliches of Japanese animation -- two hours of chases, laser attacks, machine-gun battles, spilled stage blood, computer-animated backgrounds and hokey dialogue.

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Variety Staff

A lavish animation extravaganza produced at a cost of $8 million, this futuristic exploration is a followup by author-director Katsuhiro Otomo to his tremendously popular comic books.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Handsome and preposterously ambitious, and even its worst narrative missteps are a factor of that ambition.

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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

The movie, even at 124 minutes, has the densely packed sweep and go-for-it pep of a pop epic.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

An impressive achievement, often suggesting a weird expressionist blend of 2001, The Warriors, Blade Runner and Forbidden Planet.

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

While its typically convoluted sci-fi plotting and sprawling ensemble of characters occasionally lead it to border on the incoherent, it's hard not to be in awe of the giant hand-drawn cityscapes that make up the backdrop for the eye-popping action.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Letitia Lew
Dazzling, frenetic, audacious and insane. This movie gave me at least half a dozen things I had never seen in my life. You feel kind of dazed and blinded when… More
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Christopher Heim
A landmark anime feature that paved the way for the medium's growing popularity outside of Japan and remains a significant influence in the sci-fi genre… More
KJ Proulx
Overshadowed by a lot of excessive violence, "Akira" is one anime film where I honestly could have pictured it being one of my favourite films of all… More
Greg S
Government experiments turn a punk biker into a raging telekinetic maniac who trashes the depraved future city of Neo Tokyo. Never mind the plot, this… More
UUd Irawan Yudha Ariyanto
I think its the best way to adapt 6 volume of comic into 124 minutes movie. still better in comic