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Based on 12 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    It's the kind of fun and quirky film that you don't see very often in art houses this time of year. show more

  • 40
    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. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    An enjoyably trippy Japanese animated feature. show more

  • 80
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Running almost two hours, its increasingly convoluted narrative may be too difficult to follow for younger viewers. But its thematic ambition and dazzling visual style ultimately make it one of the more rewarding anime efforts to reach these shores. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    In Summer Wars, it's what's old that's made to seem refreshingly new. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Summer Wars has engineered a truce between the familiar and the fantastical. show more

  • 50
    Washington Post

    Considering it's anime, Summer Wars starts out more like a bad romantic comedy. show more

  • 80
    Nick Schager Time Out New York

    Summer Wars surprisingly celebrates togetherness and bravery as much as binary-mathematics expertise, all helped along by a kick-ass synthesis of traditional hand-drawn scenes and fluid, rainbow-explosive CG artistry. show more

  • 78
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    Summer Wars is a magnificently manufactured piece of film entertainment that goes beyond the obvious and manages to comment, often obliquely, on everything from Facebook to virtual war and/or terrorism without ever seeming heavy-handed or strident. show more

  • 80
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    Hosoda, who directed the cult film "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time," has made a sophisticated yet poignant family entertainment with an appeal beyond Japanese animation buffs. show more

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