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Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

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  • Summary: This Japanese anime, set in the future, depicts a grand city-state populated by humans and robots, the cohabitants of a strictly segmented society. (Sony)
  • Director: Rintaro
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller, Romance, Crime, Animation
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Runtime: 108 min
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
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  1. 100
    A wild elaboration. If you have never seen a Japanese anime, start here. If you love them, Metropolis proves you are right.
  2. May not have the most sophisticated narrative, but it is one of the most spectacular and masterly demonstrations of animation in screen history.
  3. The story is compelling, but Metropolis is such a visual masterpiece, it's easy to get lost within its seemingly endless layers of graphic complexity.
  4. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Technologically, the film is impressive, and it readily overwhelms the senses with frenetic computer-generated activity, an apocalyptic grand finale, and a bombastic jazz score. But unlike its classic predecessor, it doesn't leave much in its wake but ringing ears and unanswered questions.
  5. Here is a film of staggering technical and visual virtuosity, filled with utterly amazing images, that's also entertaining and engaging for children and adults on several levels.
  6. 60
    The look is utterly faithful to Tezuka's aesthetic -- he loved classic Disney animation, especially "Bambi" (1942) -- but it's hard to empathize with the angst of a character who looks like a Super Mario Brother.
  7. Metropolis is "A.I." without tears.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Oct 15, 2012
    One of the most beautiful and visually dazzling films that I've ever chanced across. The plot is OK, the Japanese acting sounded reasonable to my English ears, but it's the visuals that stick in the mind the most. Highly recommended. Expand

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