Returner (2002)

In the year 2084, when humanity is decimated by a ruthless alien force, all hope lies in Milly (Anne Suzuki), a hardened young soldier, as she goes back in time to stop the invasion before it's too late. Ending up in present-day 2002,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 31, 2002
DVD Release Date: February 10, 2004
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Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Chute
L.A. Weekly

A fourth-generation Terminator hand-me-down.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Returner was a huge hit in Japan, but this would- be sci-fi epic is soporific, shamelessly derivative and barely coherent by American standards.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

At its worse when it tries to get serious, emotional or to just end the damn film.

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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

This irresistibly over-the-top delight remains truly original in spite of its debt to an array of cinematic chestnuts.

Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter

This Japanese sci-fi actioner copies so many Hollywood hits that it should win an award from the Xerox Corp.

Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Worth catching for fans of the genre, just to whet the imagination of what this talented director could do with a coherent screenplay.

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

With little room for new ideas, the film must rely on the strength of its actors, and they're excellent across the board.

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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News

The real reason to see this film is the scrappy rapport between Kaneshiro and Suzuki. They are so good together, you won't know whether to cheer or cry.

Bryce Wilson

No this movie doesn't have any redeeming social value.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
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A young woman returns from the future and enlists the unwilling help of a hitman to stop an alien invasion. The Terminator meets Independence Day with a dash of… More
Mike S
Cool and entertaining, but a bit uneven and weird, as with many movies from Japan. I wouldn't go as far as to call it original, since it seems to have… More
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This Japanese sci-fi action thriller may lack originality but it still manages to be a very entertaining movie! The story consists of a young woman from a… More
JY Skacto
Excellent story with a good ending. The action is pretty good, but it is nothing special. The special effects aren't too bad either. I really enjoyed… More
EightThirty .
This Movie is great...Very Smart ^_^
Dean McKenna
Amazing Japanese action-sci-fi film like <i>The Terminator</i> and <i>Independence Day</i> with kinetic action sequences and awesome CGI… More