Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Kevin M. Williams
    100
    Fabulous for many reasons. Most important, this movie is Chiyoko's story, not an anime adventure. It's animated, but it's human and will touch the soul of anyone who has loved deeply.
  2. Deftly weaves history, film and memory into an imaginative meditation on why the movies become a part of our lives.
  3. 80
    Satoshi innovates not by pushing off into more extreme realms of adolescent fantasy, but by using all the resources of animation to tell complex dramatic stories, resources that in his hands seem almost limitless.
  4. Millennium Actress fascinatingly goes where films have not often gone before.
  5. To watch Millennium Actress is to witness one cinematic medium celebrating another, an expression of movie love that is wonderfully eccentric and deeply affecting.
  6. Although we never feel any true connection to the enigmatic actress, there's no denying the inventiveness of Kon's homage to the possibilities of cinema.
  7. 75
    It manages to be both kinetic and dream-like at the same time -- "Run Lola Run" by way of David Lynch.
  8. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    75
    There isn't a film filled with richer, more colorfully imaginative images currently playing in theaters.
  9. 75
    The movie's narrative can be taxingly ornate, but there's something beautiful about its metaphorical conflation of politics and glamour, the real and the fictional.
  10. 70
    Past and present, reality and fiction blend seamlessly into each other in Satoshi Kon's dream-like animated drama.
  11. 70
    Animated in much the same style as "Perfect Blue," but with greater depth and a more elaborate sense of playfulness, Millennium Actress is a visual feast, but also a mental gymnastics routine.
  12. 67
    Millennium Actress has more layers to it than the proverbial onion, but Kon’s sure hand keeps things moving right along and into the next historical period.
  13. Reviewed by: Stephen Cole
    63
    Millennium Actress is a quest for beauty and truth that is as wonderful to look at as it is gruelling to contemplate.
  14. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    50
    Contains some brilliant invention between duller stretches.
  15. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    40
    Flashbacks integrate with scenes from her films, and it becomes difficult to discern between the two -- cinema is equated with memory. Unfortunately, the trippy disorientation ultimately devolves into outright confusion.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Riren
    Feb 2, 2007
    9
    Millennium Actress is lost on all cultures outside of Japan's. It's deep and meaningful tapestry of Asian film history is beautiful, but also outside the frame of reference for all but the most informed foreign movie goers. That said, its sentimentality and original execution are inspiring. There may be no tribute to American film that rivals what this does for its homeland. And despite its language barrier, despite the culture barrier, despite it being animated, it will touch you. It's fairly easy to tell when the "real world" and "film world" change off, except when it's intentional. I can't imagine anyone who couldn't understand that part of the movie, and hope to goodness I never become such a person. This one goes down as not just one of the greatest animated drama, not just one of the greatest anime, but truly as a great film. Full Review »