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  • Summary: Renaissance is a bold vision of a stark near future drenched in hidden secrets and technological frontiers. It takes film noir to its most stylized edge, utilizing live action motion capture, animated in 3D and rendered in high contrast black and white to create graphic novel come-to-life. (Miramax)
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 88
    The film's look is impressive; it's the most successful rotoscoping effort to date (far surpassing Richard Linklater's duo of "Waking Life" and "A Scanner Darkly"), and causes every frame to drip atmosphere.
  2. The result is something both fluid and stark, cinematic and comic book-y, and incredible.
  3. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    A melancholy actioner that shines a new light on film noir. A sort of "The Third Man" for the 21st century, chiaroscuro curio's level of graphic invention is exceeded only by its pleasingly mournful approach.
  4. 60
    Volckman and Miance are undoubtedly superb draftsmen; what they need is a writer of comparable skill.
  5. Reviewed by: Bernard Besserglik
    Pitched as "animation for adults," Renaissance will find an audience among those in the 20-35 age group who enjoy graphic novels, but will disappoint anyone hoping for emotional or intellectual sustenance.
  6. Although intriguing to look at, Renaissance -- the latest animated film geared to adult audiences -- is undone by a plot that is ridiculously hard to follow and hackneyed.
  7. 40
    The director is Christian Volckman, whose skills as an animator greatly exceed his grasp of an idea worth pursuing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 2 out of 5