Renaissance (2006)

Set in the year 2054, a policeman investigates the kidnapping of a young scientist through the jungles that are the militia-governed districts of Paris.

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 22, 2006
DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
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Critic Score: 49% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Renaissance attempts to blend sci-fi wonder with stark noir animation, but is often more fun to look at than to watch.

Lisa Nesselson

It's a testament to the production design that one quickly gets caught up in the story without ever completely losing the "ooh-ahh" factor. Ominous, wall-to-wall music bolsters the appropriately uneasy mood, and the bittersweet conclusion is satisfying.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

An empty experience; lots of shadow and noise, adding up to very little.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Ultimately saved by the strong performances, taut atmosphere, and awe inspiring animation...

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

For its retro-futurist look alone, this outdated thriller set in 2054 Paris is worth seeing.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

It's unfortunate that it's all in the service of a story as dull as it is complicated, though if you can make it to the end without drifting off, there is a small reward.

Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

The picture is visually stark - at times imagining Fritz Lang had directed The Matrix - and isolated compositions, spiked with high contrast menace, are impressive in their artistic detail. However, the perfunctory plot is B-grade sci-fi.

Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Its dark images echo in the mind's eye. And for that alone, it's worth seeing.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The sophistication of Renaissance is all in its ultracool appearance, with little of interest beneath its glittering surface.

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

The script's fusion of B-movie crime cliches and dystopian futurism, if not exactly original, is nonetheless vigorously engaging, and the English-language voice cast is good enough to make the existential noodling seem like real dialogue.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Beautiful, stark images and a wondrous score do a lot to sell this French made sci-fi/detective hybrid (ala Blade Runner) that's unfortunately undercut by… More
Luke Baldock
The animation style may seem original as a film but it pretty much resembles the computer game XIII as well as the last Spider-Man animated series. Though the… More
Randy Tippy
An interesting script but the high contrast black & white animation is distracting and tiresome. Slightly above average graphic novel-ish sci-fi crime… More
Red Lats
I tried, but I couldn't sit through it. I guess I have become too main-stream, but the black and white only cartoon-like images and the long time it took… More
Ross Collins
A graphic novel in movie form that works really quite well in providing a cool, dark, film noir atmosphere. It helps having the new James Bond to provide the… More
Michael Gildea
Renaissance made me feel as if Sin City and A Scanner Darkly ravenously did IT with Blade Runner watching. In Europe. Renaissance is quite the visual feat--mind… More

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