Cool World
Cool World (1992)

Ralph Bakshi's coupling of animated cartoons with live action comes across as little more than a ham-handed attempt at re-creating Who Framed Roger Rabbit? When a cartoonist (Gabriel Byrne) is accidentally pulled into his animated… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 10, 1992
DVD Release Date: November 11, 2003
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Critic Score: 4% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Cool World throws a small handful of visual sparks, but they aren't enough to distract from the screenplay's thin characters and scattered plot.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

A few of Bakshi`s inventions, such as a rattled telephone that panics every time it rings, are amusing and well animated, but most of the characters are grating and dislikable.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The plot is too sketchy to provide much of a framework, and the only logic here is the logic of fevered daydreams. Yet, in spurts, the movie's enjoyable.

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Fred Topel
We Live Entertainment

Without understanding the motion control cameras and all the other subtle techniques Roger Rabbit employed, it's amateur hour.

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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times

What Bakshi and his screenwriters don't recognize is that even dream worlds have their own fierce logic.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Bakshi's world is typically subversive, anti-nostalgic and, at times, a brilliantly conceived grafting of two and three dimensions. Unfortunately, its ingenuity matrix seems to have short-circuited.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

The movie has no internal logic. It's a mess.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Watching Byrne, Basinger and Pitt struggle to bring verisimilitude to this cockeyed business is painful. And watching the parade of ricocheting doodles is just headache-inducing.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

After the painstaking technical bravado of Roger Rabbit, it's no longer possible to get away with scenes in which a cartoon has obviously just been pasted onto an actor's wooden movements.

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Cool World is a major disappointment -- a repellent oddity with unsavory overtones.

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Flixster Audience Score: 31% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Without any of the charm or iconic imagery of its obvious predecessor "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," this film is ugly and dark in all the wrong ways. The… More
Jacob Ethington
*NOTE: This review is only of the first 20 minutes of the film due to the fact that the reviewer almost shoved the TV remote through his neck after only… More
Phil Hubbs
At first glance this just comes across as a more adult version of 'Roger Rabbit' and you'd be right basically. The plot is almost the same kind… More
Aj V
I love Bakshi's work, his art always impresses me, and the animation in this film is no exception. The only problem with this movie was that it came so… More
Melvin White
I didn't expect much from this because of both the critics and audiences responses, but it was way worse than I thought. The only reason I was able to… More
Conner Rainwater
Probably one of the most chaotically constructed movies ever made, but it's definitely interesting. Even if you hate the movie it has the bonkers… More

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