Patlabor WXIII - The Movie
Patlabor WXIII - The Movie (2003)

This third Patlabor movie finds detectives Kusumi and Sinichiro investigating a string of deadly labor accidents in Tokyo Bay. Kusumi discovers that Sinichiro's new girlfriend, a genetic research assistant, could hold a secret that is… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: January 10, 2003
DVD Release Date: April 8, 2003
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle

A cheesy monster movie.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Its solid story makes for decent viewing.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Just take a moment to listen to this film's beautiful, intricate sound design.

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Dan Fienberg
L.A. Weekly

[T]wo encounters with the beast WXIII - first in a darkened factory, and later in an empty stadium, to the strains of Beethoven's Piano Sonata in G Minor (Pathétique) - elevate the disappointingly flat animation into a vivid fable of monster and morality

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

The trouble is that it's impossible to say with any certainty what's going on from one moment to the next -- and that at the end it becomes clear it has been a great deal more inaccessible than necessary.

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Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine

As animation, Patlabor WXIII The Movie is above-average anime -- there are undeniably impressive and imaginative flourishes to the artwork. Unfortunately, it's in the service of a story that simply doesn't amount to much.

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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter

This above-average anime puts character development before action, although there are still enough fisticuffs, robots and monsters to hold the interest of the genre's core otaku (fan boy) audience.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

If WXIII ... is terrific in ambience, it fails to connect the dots of its subplots.

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

The backgrounds are handsome and moody, and the character animation is less distractingly cartoonish than that of films like the otherwise breathtaking Metropolis.

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