• Studio: Gkids
  • Release Date: Dec 29, 2010

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    Jan 6, 2011
    Hosoda, who directed the cult film "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time," has made a sophisticated yet poignant family entertainment with an appeal beyond Japanese animation buffs.
  2. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Jan 4, 2011
    Running almost two hours, its increasingly convoluted narrative may be too difficult to follow for younger viewers. But its thematic ambition and dazzling visual style ultimately make it one of the more rewarding anime efforts to reach these shores.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Dec 30, 2010
    Summer Wars surprisingly celebrates togetherness and bravery as much as binary-mathematics expertise, all helped along by a kick-ass synthesis of traditional hand-drawn scenes and fluid, rainbow-explosive CG artistry.
  4. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Jan 6, 2011
    Summer Wars is a magnificently manufactured piece of film entertainment that goes beyond the obvious and manages to comment, often obliquely, on everything from Facebook to virtual war and/or terrorism without ever seeming heavy-handed or strident.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jan 21, 2011
    Summer Wars has engineered a truce between the familiar and the fantastical.
  6. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Jan 20, 2011
    An enjoyably trippy Japanese animated feature.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jan 6, 2011
    In Summer Wars, it's what's old that's made to seem refreshingly new.
  8. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Dec 30, 2010
    It's the kind of fun and quirky film that you don't see very often in art houses this time of year.
  9. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Dec 30, 2010
    There's a lovely, unhurried quality to Mr. Hosoda's storytelling, which nicely matches the clean, classically composed images of his outer story.
  10. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Jan 13, 2011
    Considering it's anime, Summer Wars starts out more like a bad romantic comedy.
  11. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jan 20, 2011
    The filmmakers can't keep the strands of their clumsy plot straight, but they create brilliant images and manipulate them with blithe abandon.
  12. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Dec 30, 2010
    It's hard to appreciate things like the character detail amid the insufferably squealy voicing and arbitrary suspense.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Oct 31, 2011
    "Summer Wars" is way too light and active with a brighter tone compared to its fellow Japanese animations, which easily loses focus on its point. However what I could tell you is that you're gonna have one hell of fun. Full Review »
  2. Jan 4, 2011
    Heartwarming film. It has one awesome set of CG animation parts with a Takashi Murakami style. This movie lives up to its predecessor "The girl who leapt through time" in capturing the essence of innocence, only this time, with a masculine polarity and a solid form of respect for the elderly. Must watch for anyone who wants to see Murakami Style. More or less like Kanye West's "HOMECOMING" videoclip. Full Review »
  3. Aug 6, 2013
    Summer Wars eschews the typical cyberpunk bondage gear clad anti-heroes for a cast made up of a nearly-mundane modern upper class Japanese family and their colorful avatars, it takes cyberpunk’s destitute dystopian Urban sprawls and substitutes them with a feudal era villa, it chooses to depict an optimistic story about the social network’s capability of bringing people together rather than becoming another pessimism drenched cyberpunk tale about the loss of humanity to the machine overlords.

    Read my full review here: http://filmtastic.tv/2013/07/09/review-summer-wars/
    Full Review »