Paprika (2006)

A machine allows therapists to enter patients' dreams. When it's stolen, all hell breaks loose, and only a woman therapist (nicknamed "Paprika") seems able to stop it.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 7, 2006
DVD Release Date: November 27, 2007
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Following its own brand of logic, Paprika is an eye-opening mind trip that is difficult to follow but never fails to dazzle.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

With a conventional invade-dreams/bend-reality plot, it's a bit of a bore.

John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

Especially for fans who understand how movies are put together, Paprika grabs you from the get-go in a series of flowing images and transitions that follow the skewed logic of a dream, jumping from a three-ring circus to a swinging jungle vine.

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Scott Clark

Yes, Paprika is a masterpiece. The animation medium lends itself so perfectly to dream capers that it's no wonder Kon's final film is regarded a perfect marriage of form and subject.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

You could sit through the film two or three times to nail down the details of the story, but the film isn't interesting enough to warrant a second look.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

As a showcase of the limitless power of the imagination, Paprika never fails to delight the eye and engage the mind. We are never sure exactly whom we should be cheering for, or even if we're rooting for real characters or their avatars.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Paprika has the curious effect of making you feel strangely happy afterwards, as if some internal load you hadn't even realized you were carrying is suddenly lifted. It sings. Go see it, even if it's not your birthday, you might feel like it is.

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

Is it sci-fi? Fantasy? Idiocy? Mostly it's a droning mess -- pretty to look at but confounding to the point where you just don't care any more.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

We're so used to current cautious commercial formulas, it comes as an enjoyable shock to see something like Satoshi Kon's Japanese film, Paprika, which reminds us that with animation, almost anything you can imagine can be represented.

Fernando F. Croce

Reality and fantasy leak into each other in short-circuiting jolts in Kon's cosmos

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Hands down the most visually stunning and conceptually ingenious film by animation auteur Satoshi Kon, it stands as Ghost in the Shell, not only as a landmark… More
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A film that is way ahead of its time, Paprika is an acid trip of an anime epic. The story is mind bending and the animations are more ridiculous than that face… More
Jacob Ethington
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