Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 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. 89
    By the time the explosive finale arrives (with a wistful Ray Charles crooning over shots of cataclysmic destruction, no less), you'll be hard pressed to name a recent film with this much action, pathos, and smarts.
  3. Reviewed by: Jonathan Perry
    Poetic, surreal, and curiously powerful.
  4. May not have the most sophisticated narrative, but it is one of the most spectacular and masterly demonstrations of animation in screen history.
  5. 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.
  6. This is no Disney fable and the apocalyptic vision isn't for everyone, but science-fiction fans and adventurous filmgoers will find this ingenious explosion of retro-cyberpunk a compelling dystopian vision with a gleam of hope.
  7. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    They should have produced this in 3D for IMAX as Metropolis is the kind of work destined to blow the minds of stoners everywhere.
  8. Reviewed by: David Chute
    This muscular anime melodrama is so visually splendid that on that level alone it qualifies as a breakthrough.
  9. 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.
  10. Roll with any stylistic difficulties you might initially have, and prepare to be awed.
  11. Superior animated film from Japan.
  12. 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.
  13. A hallucinatory tour de force of color, perspective and scale, virtually encapsulates the history of Japanese animation.
  14. 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.
  15. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    The dialogue is dubbed into English by generic actors, whose phony, emotionless rendition undermines what's on the screen.
  16. Metropolis is "A.I." without tears.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

User 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 toOne 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. Full Review »