Metropolis (2002)

Playing like a candy-colored hybrid of Fritz Lang's film of the same name and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis borrows its plot liberally from numerous legendary sci-fi sources (despite the fact that the… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 25, 2002
DVD Release Date: April 23, 2002
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A remarkable technical achievement, Metropolis' eye-popping visuals more than compensate for its relatively routine story.

Tasha Robinson
AV Club

A fairly standard genre exercise, packed with light, detail, color, noise, and motion that add up to relatively little.

Derek Adams
Time Out

Otomo's typically sophisticated script ensures slick pacing, combining humour, terror and pathos, particularly in the final scenes.

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Steve Wright

Essentially, think of this as Fritz Lang for beginners - which is in no way a bad thing.

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Derek Elley

Tale of the struggle for personal freedom in a futuristic, tyrannical society is light on action by contempo standards, and pic's look is uninteresting, apart from occasionally bizarre backgrounds.

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Chicago Tribune

A film of staggering technical and visual virtuosity, filled with utterly amazing images, that's also entertaining and engaging for children and adults on several levels.

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Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

we see the director's towering world of tomorrow being erected on the foundations of yesterday's cultural influence... a dizzying postmodern edifice, more impressive for its shimmering Steampunk architecture than for the dramas accommodated within

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

It smoothly blends outrageously diverse visual styles and emotional tones.

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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News

The imagery with which director Rintaro brings this world to animated life is unique and captivating.

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Christopher Machell

A spectacular if tonally incongruous reworking of Fritz Lang's 1927 original.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
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The storyline and lip-syncing aren't as amazing as the CGI backgrounds and traditional animation blending. But Metropolis is still an enjoyable and above… More
Nate Zoebl
[font=Arial][color=darkred]It has the screenplay penned by Katsuhiro Ôtomo, writer/director of ?Akira?. The director is Tarô Rin, director of numerous anime… More
Zach Brehany
One form of story telling that has, is, and always will be a test of true story telling talent will be animation. When one looks at it, animation will always be… More
Bradley J
A sort of different movie experience, but still a pretty good one. Overall Rating:67
Alexander Wilson
Very interesting, and artful japanese animation. Very high attention to details. Is great fun, yet could be a little long winded for the younger crowd. Lots of… More
Marcus Woolcott
An amazing film both visually and story wise.