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  • Summary: The year is 2084 and the human race is fighting an alien militia to save the last remnant of civilization. A young heroine name Milly (Suzuki) escapes the war and jumps back in time to present-day Japan in an attempt to change history and prevent the demise of her people. (Destination Films)
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 7 out of 17
  1. A B-movie goof on an A-minus budget, Returner is a mini-epic tweaked with computer effects and one blazing gun battle after another and set to an anonymous techno-beat.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    50
    Less a new Japanese movie than a series of scenes from old American ones, most notably "The Terminator" and "ET."
  3. Hovering between "Last Action Hero" and "E.T.," this sci-fi extravaganza is bookended with violence but has some gentle moments in between.
  4. 40
    Mines familiar territory and does nothing especially new with it. On the plus side, Kishitani is a spectacular villain.
  5. Serves as both an homage to and shameless thief of its influences. The result: a sprawling, deformed, undisciplined piece of cinema that hobbles along on weak, genre-splicing tactics.
  6. 30
    Silly, derivative stuff.
  7. Reviewed by: Scott Warren
    25
    The story and stunts are outlandish, and the effects are distractingly computer-generated. To be fair, some of the best things about the film are very Japanese, notably the anime.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 3 out of 15

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