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: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Matt Looker
Total Film

Kon's film deliberately obfuscates, to hypnotic effect.

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Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)

... dark and voyeuristic fare with a plot that could easily have been borrowed from one of Brian De Palma's more lurid thrillers.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)

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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Tara Brady
Irish Times

Perfect Blue is every Spice Girl, Shirelle and Supreme of yore refashioned and recast in Bergman's persona. An edgy new career, indeed.

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Peter Bradshaw

The action is wrapped up with a slightly ridiculous reveal, which doesn't quite make sense on its own terms, but Perfect Blue has its own kind of cult pungency.

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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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Wendy Ide
Observer (UK)

I found it very hard to get past the eroticised approach to rape and sexual violence which is a pervasive stain on this otherwise intriguing film.

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Kirsty Leckie-Palmer
The Skinny

In today's social media-reliant society, Perfect Blue's questions of selfhood, construct and celebrity hold more significance than ever before.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

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

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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