• Studio: Gkids
  • Release Date: Dec 29, 2010
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 34
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 34
  3. Negative: 6 out of 34

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  1. 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/
  2. Jun 14, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Whenever I watch this movie a can't help but think of the first digimon movie, and who could blame when the visionary director from that film is the director of this one. Boy you can see the differences clearly. I'm not here to talk about that film, but this great film. The idea of having a plot revolved around the uses of computers is interesting and unique. This film has spectacular animation, it's a joy to watch the action and fun to see such expressions on characters. The main plot is that of a math student being invited to help his friend with her family dilemmas, and along the way comes an A.I that plans on creating chaos through a cyber network called Oz. As crazy as that plot might sound, it's handled pretty. You get to know the main characters pretty, and can feel bad for what happens to them. There's also this Granny character who's the main purpose of the plot until the fate of millions is at hands. The character was so inspiring, wanting others to always try and help others, even when she dies her will is for her family to not grieve over her and just go on with their everyday lives. The animation again is very "cool"; by that it sort of will only please a certain demographic, and it's clear in its action sequences. It has this very crouching tiger hidden dragon feel to it, but to that is one of the films problems: I feel that action scenes; while pretty, can be either distracting or too good. It seems that these scenes might have been better in an action sci-fi than this drama. Also, the supporting cast of characters aren't really that important; in fact you could argue saying pointless, but could possibly be there be sues how one person has effected so many people. However with all that said, this is still fun to watch, and still has an emotional depth to it to make it still have substance. Expand
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  4. Apr 14, 2013
    This is 1 of the best movies ever.Seeing Japan nearly 99.9% technology it has an aura to PC gamers.u fight in a computer based reality for the sake of humanity in japan.
  5. 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.
  6. Jul 30, 2011
    Inspiring and definitely one that should be viewed with family. This movie is one that I remember for years to come. An unbeatable blend of action, comedy, and romance with an innovative plot with possibly the greatest grandmother movies has ever had. I meant it.
  7. Jan 7, 2011
    This film wasn't what I expected at all, but it was more of a pleasant suprize than anything else. The animation, while being goregous, isn't too overdone, and the cg elements implement wonderfully. If you have not seen its predecessor, "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" definately check it out too. This story actually has a great message about family and respect, and is definatey worth the look.
  8. 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. Expand

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: Joe Williams
    Jan 21, 2011
    Summer Wars has engineered a truce between the familiar and the fantastical.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Jan 20, 2011
    An enjoyably trippy Japanese animated feature.