Metascore
40

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 15
  2. Negative: 4 out of 15
  1. This sci-fi fantasy doesn't exactly make sense, but it sure looks cool.
  2. Kaena resembles the Jim Henson fantasy in many ways, from its visual imagination and creature design to the hideousness of its more humanoid characters (except Kaena, who's a babe) and the general mediocrity of the voice acting.
  3. It's a standard science-fantasy fable, but the visual effects are mighty impressive.
  4. 50
    Has the distinctive Heavy Metal magazine meets "The Neverending Story" (1984) vibe of Euro-science-fiction comics, complete with ponderous philosophical noodling, weirdly whimsical aliens and seriously creepy creature sex.
  5. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    50
    Originally conceived as a videogame, Kaena is now, instead, a creamy-colored yet derivative sci-fi fantasy with a few rip-offs so blatant (''The Empire Strikes Back,'' ''Alien,'' etc.) that even kiddie fans not yet mentally agile enough to make sense of the loopy plot could pick them out.
  6. 50
    If Kaena's alternate universe isn't nearly as fully realized as "antastic Planet'," the 3-D imagery is often gloriously turbocharged.
  7. There are moments in Kaena that are absorbing, but too much of the time it simply becomes tedious.
  8. Augurs well for dazzling visual work but struggles mightily on the storytelling front.
  9. 40
    No "Triplets of Belleville," this French animated feature was hatched as an idea for a video game, and it shows.
  10. 40
    Has no local cultural history behind it. Its secondhand imagery and ideas seem to have barely involved its makers; it definitely does not involve its audience.
  11. 30
    With so many plot hooks and so many story demands, it's incomprehensible that Kaena spends so much time on meaningless action.
  12. Reviewed by: John McMurtrie
    25
    Lacks a certain je ne sais quoi.
  13. 16
    Clumsily animated feature; probably better as a video game than as a movie.
User Score
4.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. LauraW.
    Mar 20, 2006
    10
    I work in the visual effects industry, I was rather impressed at the jump forward this allowed for france, the team that made the film was very small.. and was spanned over a few years, you can connect to this movie incredibly well, or you can miss the point of it all together. Selective target audiance, but alas, everything is. I give it a ten, for its potential, its beauty, and for its story (which isnt as linear as most mainstream, thus refreshing). Full Review »