Cool World

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  • Summary: Cartoonist Jack Deebs (Byrne) is transported into a cartoon universe called Cool World by Holli Would (Basinger), who has fallen in love with him and wants to be human.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 16
  2. Negative: 11 out of 16
  1. Ralph Bakshi's first feature in nearly a decade would like to be a down-and-dirty "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," but Bakshi isn't up to the task.
  2. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Julie Salamon
    50
    A brilliant but completely muddled concoction about the relationship between fantasy and reality. [16 Jul 1992]
  3. 40
    Technically, Bakshi's work is uneven; some of the characters in his Cool universe are hilarious, while others are flat.
  4. The New York Times
    Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    30
    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's numerous plot holes and illogicalities might be forgiven if it had interesting characters or impressive visual effects.
  6. Boston Globe
    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]
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  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 itEvery 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. Expand
  2. May 2, 2016
    6
    Decent, though a disappointment after enjoying Bakshi's great run of Spider-Man cartoons from the 60's. The animation style and greatDecent, though a disappointment after enjoying Bakshi's great run of Spider-Man cartoons from the 60's. The animation style and great soundtrack--dated in a fine way--make up for such a lousy and uninspired script. I'd much rather come across Shirley Clarke's similarly titled film from the 60's instead. Expand

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