Summer Wars (Sama Wozu)
Summer Wars (Sama Wozu) (2010)

Kenji is a teenage math prodigy recruited by his secret crush Natsuki for the ultimate summer job - passing himself off as Natsuki's boyfriend for four days during her grandmother's 90th birthday celebration. But when Kenji solves a… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 24, 2010
DVD Release Date: February 15, 2011
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

The filmmakers can't keep the strands of their clumsy plot straight, but they create brilliant images and manipulate them with blithe abandon.

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

The relationship between Kenji and Natsuki unfolds as blandly as a Debra Messing rom-com.

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Excellent, gorgeous anime has some violence, profanity.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

An enjoyably trippy Japanese animated feature from director Mamoru Hosoda, Summer Wars combines real-world drama (school crushes, testy relatives) with virtual-world dramatics.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

It's a sugar rush of candy-colored images, a beautifully drawn tale of family tradition and a bracing brain tonic about the Internet's charms and vulnerabilities.

Diva Velez

A charming allegory for man - or woman - against machine, Summer Wars is an eye-popping symphony of colour and imagination that leaps from the screen to blow the viewer's mind.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

The story's been done better (and balder) in Die Hard With A Vengeance

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

A sophisticated yet poignant family entertainment with an appeal beyond Japanese animation buffs.

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Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

Far from resorting to easy, reactionary technophobia, Hosoda shows Japan's age-old traditions being upheld throughout different generations, with the beautifully realised digital community of OZ proving as much the solution as the problem.

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A rogue artificial intelligence wrecks havoc on "Oz," an omnipresent virtual reality network of the near future, seizing control of most of the… More
JY Skacto
Mamoru Hosoda's <i>Summer Wars</i> is a fine specimen of Japanese animation.<p>At first glance, <i>Summer Wars</i> seems like… More
Lewis C.
Summer Wars is another excellent movie from Madhouse and Mamoru Hosada, the director of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. Like THWLTT, Summer Wars is a science… More
Walter M.
In "Summer Wars," Kenji works as a part-time programmer with his friend Sakuma for OZ, a worldwide operating system/social network. He takes a break… More
Ariuza koraw
Hosoda Mamoru's thrilling and surprisingly touching "anime" movie Summer Wars is this generation's War Games, a cautionary tale that while… More
Steven Vincent Gee
<b>Summer Wars</b> is distinctive in it's looks regardless of which world is on screen at the time. The settings, backgrounds and characters… More