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Based on 25 Reviews
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  • 75
    Carla Meyer San Francisco Chronicle

    Gorgeous animated film. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    A singularly strange and affecting comedy. show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Though he's working with an unavoidably sentimental story, Kon embraces the dark underside of his characters' lives, giving this animated film a satisfyingly three-dimensional feel. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    It's a touching movie that, like the best animes, transcends the limitations of the genre. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    A spellbinding piece of Japanese anime from one of the form's new masters, director-writer Satoshi Kon. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    An animated film both harrowing and heartwarming, about a story that will never, ever, be remade by Disney. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The story is sweet by animé standards, although it has harsh elements as well. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Ends in magnificent fashion, with skyscrapers bowing to Beethoven's Ninth. It's a stirring ending to a sweet movie. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Demonstrates an idiosyncratic human touch. Kon is unafraid of the unseemly and unsightly. People are captured as they really might be. show more

  • 70
    Film Threat

    The story takes some kooky turns and, at times, delves into the supernatural. show more

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