Sukai Kurora (The Sky Crawlers)
Sukai Kurora (The Sky Crawlers) (2008)

This sci-fi tinged, full-length anime feature opens on a peaceful future, where Earth has left the violent conflicts of war in the past. Human nature still craves the clash of battle, however, so private companies now stage "war as… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 2, 2008
DVD Release Date: May 26, 2009
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mike Barnard
Future Movies UK

The aerial action has been carefully crafted for excitement and offer impressive scenes of skylines full of fighter planes: the mix of CGI and 2D animation give depth and a gloss that would make Michael Bay proud.

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Phelim O'Neill

If you're prepared to meet the film halfway, you'll find it an engaging, spectacular and thought- provoking experience.

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Sean Axmaker

... a surreal, hypnotic quality broken only by the dynamic scenes of battle...

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Robbie Collin
News of the World

If you're unfamiliar with the delights of anime, I wouldn't start with this one. But fans will adore it.

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Alex Fitch
Electric Sheep

The Sky Crawlers is Oshii's finest film since 2001's underrated Avalon and his best animé since the original Ghost in the Shell.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

The technically proficient The Sky Crawlers is nice to look at and listen to...but by relying on zombified blank-slate characters, Oshii makes a point at the expense of engagement, much less entertainment. [Blu-ray]

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Total Film

If at times too opaque for its own good, The Sky Crawlers is nonetheless a dark, engagingly surreal thought-provoker animated with Oshii's customary grace and flair.

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Don Willmott

how could a movie about the amazing sky-high acrobatics of aerial dog-fighting teenagers end up being so boring

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Keith Uhlich

The gun never goes off, but the possibility (the precipice) remains.

Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Keiko Aya
The sky crawlers is a very well done movie and a very good book though like Meany films it takes more then one watch though to understand and get throw it. The… More
danny d
very stylisitc and the concept was excellent, but unfortunately this film didnt deliver on anything else. the concept wasnt fleshed out and nothing in the film… More
Dean McKenna
It's astonishing how much heart, soul and depth they managed to incorporate in this gently told, unique story, despite the sterile, but at the same time… More
JY Skacto
Based off of the novel by MORI Hiroshi, <i>Sky Crawlers</i> is one animation that doesn't deliver all that it can.<p>The story has its… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Gorgeous to look, but completely pointless in whatever it was trying to say. Is the kind of movie that feels more like solving a riddle than watching a story… More
Marcus Woolcott
It's a really good idea, but it's sorely lacking a pulse.