Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    80
    Has something for everyone.
  2. 80
    There's something to be said for watching an animated movie not with the eyes of a child, but with those of a turned-on grownup.
  3. Reviewed by: Charles Solomon
    80
    Demonstrates how exciting and vital contemporary animated filmmaking is in Japan. The characters may not move with the fluidity of their American counterparts, but the story unfolds with a sinister grace that any live-action director might envy.
  4. Isn't exactly adult animation but it's more complex and ambiguous than the usual Hollywood live-action blockbuster, and just as splashy.
  5. 70
    There are so many good ideas at the visual level that you can't help wishing the narrative elements had been more cleverly worked out.
  6. The atmospherics are wonderfully dark and film-noirish, if overly violent.
  7. 70
    It certainly fulfills all the conventions of the genre: sci-fi premise, noir stylings, martial arts, snarky dialogue.
  8. These visual techniques also serve to emphasize the Japanese anime fetishes for violence and female body parts -- you can always count on a gun or a breast to be in the foreground' but I'll take this opportunity to again stress that this is an adult cartoon.
  9. Despite the spectacularly cool opening credits and some first-rate animation, the story starts to flag about halfway through.
  10. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    If you want state of the art anime that comes within spitting distance of escaping the limits of its genre, this might be your cup of bootleg sake.
  11. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    63
    There's much visual inventiveness and a good sense of fun here. But I was expecting something more spectacular.
  12. With all due respect to Japanese animation fans and pop-culture enthusiasts, life may be just too short to plunge into the busy world of Cowboy Bebop.
  13. 60
    Brisk, engaging story.
  14. When the action sequences work, they work well; the climax cribs heavily from 1989's "Batman," but improves on Tim Burton's finale.
  15. Notable chiefly for its eye-catching urban backgrounds and an eclectic score that ranges from jazz and country to classical and choral.
  16. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    60
    Though it isn't the entirely original creation "Metropolis" was, Bebop is more satisfying.
  17. 58
    It's a stylish work, seeping with brilliant animation and potentially interesting characters that didn't need so much time to establish themselves. It's worthwhile, but it's a good thing there's a television show to refer to.
  18. Overlong, overplotted and underdrawn.
  19. When Bebop's anime characters stand still, chirping their strangely stilted, dubbed talk and not moving their strangely blank faces, I feel lost on Mars myself.
  20. Reviewed by: Janet Kim
    50
    Americanized through western showdowns, shadowy film noir, gangster shootings, sci-fi, Bruckheimer explosions, slapstick, and soaps, Bebop aims to transcend its own genre by emulating all genres, and it falls short only in the melodrama.
  21. 40
    The ambition is laudable, but the execution is wanting, and the attempt itself may indicate that Watanabe and company have forgotten what made Cowboy Bebop so much fun.
  22. 30
    Good news is that most of the marvelous English dialogue cast from the Cowboy Bebop series has returned for the film. The bad news is that the heart and soul of the series hasn’t.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 73 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. Sep 14, 2010
    8
    Great movie for an anime adaption. This will leave you wanting more, and probably have you googling the anime for it as soon as it cuts off.Great movie for an anime adaption. This will leave you wanting more, and probably have you googling the anime for it as soon as it cuts off. If you do not enjoy animes, prepare to be surprised, as Cowboy Bebop was better than most real movies to date. A must see for any Cowboy Bebop fan or eve someone just looking for something to watch. Full Review »
  2. Nov 13, 2014
    9
    If you are a fan of the anime series you will probably want to see this and if you are not you don't know what you are missing. The movie isIf you are a fan of the anime series you will probably want to see this and if you are not you don't know what you are missing. The movie is great with a good plot. Full Review »
  3. Dec 11, 2013
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Its a great movie, fun, original, just like the anime, sadly the only real big flaws of the film are the music (not as jazzy and bluesy as i would have liked) and the fact that it really doesn't really add much to te main plot of cowboy bebop i wanna know if spike is dead or alive so spoiler review) either way its time for the cowboy bebop crew to return for one last adventure its 2013 and i want more Bebop) Full Review »