Perfect Blue
Perfect Blue (1999)

Mima was a pop idol, worshipped by the masses until fashion dictated otherwise. In order to salvage her career, she is advised to drop music and pursue acting. A soap opera role is offered but Mima's character is less clean cut than… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: August 20, 1999
DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Perfect Blue is overstylized, but its core mystery is always compelling, as are the visual theatrics.

Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

The mood is spot-on, then deliriously spottier. As Mima's sense of what's real dissolves, the film spins mirror-plates of possible realities, shattering them on the set of Mima's film before a B-movie-ish action-climax and a too-pat whodunit? reveal.

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Steve Biodrowski

The film has style and then some -- maybe too much, in fact, but the visual interest always remains high, and the storyline is intriguing.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Quite enthralling.

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Chris Stuckmann

A definite example that animated films can truly stimulate the mind, Perfect Blue is not for the faint of heart.

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Jean-François Vandeuren

Kon signe d'une main de maître un thriller enlevant et chaotique dont la nature déjantée et le goût pour les effets théâtraux rappellent le Dario Argento des belles années

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Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

Satoshi Kon has created a taut, tense thriller that's a lot more coherent than many sci-fi animes, and deftly weaves several levels of reality up until the twist ending.

Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Popular anime is mature/violent, despite sunny art style.

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Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections

[An] nime thriller [that] often plays as an examination of identity and celebrity, but ultimately gets so lost in its own complex structure that it doesn't end up saying much at all.

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James Rocchi

Animated Japanese thriller about the price of fame is rich, deep and dark.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
Classic Hitchcock cat and mouse game with Lynch-ian surreal imagery. A major influence in Aronofsky's "Black Swan".
Tsubaki Sanjuro
An animated giallo, tense and always with a great sense of suspense and how to build said suspense. Works in ways most so called "thrillers" of the… More
Drake Tsui
Satoshi Kon's mastery in suspense shines here in this psychological thriller that constantly keep's its viewers on their toes. What's really… More
Lewis C.
I usually pride myself on figuring out the twist or ending of a thriller long before it's formally revealed, but I'm proud to say that Perfect Blue… More
Ariuza koraw
Perfect Blue is like a Giallo animated movie that's like a "Dario Argneto" Flick but with more gore and its animated, I remember… More
_kelly .King
This movie was WAAAY over-hyped to me, probably because most of the people recommending it were big anime fans who had not seen many psychological thrillers,… More