Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Richard James Havis
    The film has enough originality to interest demanding fans of the genre.
  2. Whatever is lost in translation can't keep Appleseed from feeling a decade late--and its animation from looking like a relic on arrival.
  3. Only real fans, however, will be willing to slog through the heaping helpings of incomprehensible exposition.
  4. The characters are (hand-painted) so flat that the film looks like a paper-doll convention at Epcot.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    The visuals are really the only compelling reason to see Appleseed.
  6. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    Held back by a story and script that is often silly and confusing.
  7. 50
    The film's lingering exploration of their sleek surfaces verges on roboporn.
  8. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    The characters might physically appear rounded, but are otherwise paper-thin.
  9. At this point, there's something almost masochistic about the way animators in Japan use cheesy ''Westernized'' heroes to fuel their fantasies.
  10. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Craft connoisseurs won't be disappointed with the splendidly executed result. However, everyone else is likely to wonder what the fuss about given the plot's dated cyborgs-and-supercomputers hijinks.
  11. While there are some genuinely dazzling moments of visual bravura, the marriage of flatness and depth that Mr. Aramaki attempts doesn't quite work.
  12. 50
    The stock characters and leaden stretches of expository dialogue are welcome evidence that there's still no computer program capable of telling a decent story.
  13. 40
    The film's snazzy new automated animation style falls short: The supposedly human face of our metal-plated robocop's partner -- the inevitable curvy female in a leather jump suit -- is an inexpressive, glossy doll mask, untouched by human hands.
  14. 40
    Its busy, stiff, artificial graphics are a perfect match for its busy, stiff, artificial plot. A simple Shirow pinup parade might almost be preferable.
  15. 40
    Much of the movie is dull, and as it has been dubbed into English, the blah-blah is impossible to ignore.
  16. Dazzling visually but is flattened by corny dialogue better suited to the 1936 "Flash Gordon" serial, a needlessly hard to follow plot and heavy-handed exposition clotted with pseudo-scientific mumbo jumbo.

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