Metascore
28

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 16
  2. Negative: 11 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    38
    Underdrawn and overheated, Cool World will leave you cold. [13 Jul 1992]
  2. Blending animation and live action, this ferocious fantasy is hopelessly vulgar in ways never dreamed of by "Who Framed Roger Rabbit."
  3. The interfacing of the two-dimensional and three-dimensional characters is so shabbily accomplished that it makes you start noticing all the other technical glitches in the work.
  4. The plot of Michael Grais's and Mark Victor's screenplay is even more nonsensical than it needs to be. [11 Jul 1992]
  5. 25
    Cool World is a seriously troubled film, so ragged I doubt if even the director can explain the story line.
  6. 25
    A fatally compromised, half-realized execution. [ 10 Jul 1992]
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Snyder
    25
    Cool World is less artful, short on scripted finesse, and is lacking technical acumen. [11 Jul 1992]
  8. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    25
    Cool World's numerous plot holes and illogicalities might be forgiven if it had interesting characters or impressive visual effects.
  9. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    25
    The only thing that keeps Cool World from imploding is that Bakshi turns it into a series of animator's riffs, with little explosions of toon action erupting like video game novas into the foreground of the story that isn't happening. [10 Jul 1992]
  10. Reviewed by: Stephen Hunter
    25
    It never seriously establishes the ground rules of the principle of transference or the relationship between the two of them, and so what follows is gibberish. [14 Jul 1992]
  11. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    10
    Style has seldom pummeled substance as severely as in Cool World, a combination funhouse ride/acid trip that will prove an ordeal for most visitors in the form of trial by animation.
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Feb 19, 2013
    7
    Every instinct in me tells me this is a bad movie that has very little redeeming it. YET, for some weird reason I actually like it. I think it is one of those movies that it is so bad that it is good, at least for me it is. The animation is substandard, even when it came out. The references are also dated. The jokes are either nonsensical or just stupid. But then there's Holli Wood: Damn she's fine! Also, it's pretty funny to see one of Brad Pitt's earliest roles. It also has a pretty decent soundtrack. Overall: A cult movie for sure, and sadly I am one of its followers. Full Review »