Summer Wars

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  • Summary: When teenage math prodigy Kenji solves a 2,056 digit math riddle sent to his cell phone, he unwittingly breaches the security barricade protecting Oz, a globe-spanning virtual world where millions of people and governments interact through their avatars, handling everything from onlineWhen teenage math prodigy Kenji solves a 2,056 digit math riddle sent to his cell phone, he unwittingly breaches the security barricade protecting Oz, a globe-spanning virtual world where millions of people and governments interact through their avatars, handling everything from online shopping and traffic control, to nuclear launch codes. Now a malicious AI program called Love Machine is hijacking Oz accounts, growing exponentially more powerful and sowing chaos and destruction in its wake. SUMMER WARS is a visual tour-de-force, with the amazing world of Oz as the highlight. Like the Internet as conceived by pop artist Haruki Murakami, Oz is a hallucinatory pixel parade of cool avatar designs, kung fu jackrabbits, toothy bears, and a bursting rainbow of colors. (GKIDS) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    Jan 6, 2011
    80
    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: Nick Schager
    Dec 30, 2010
    80
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Jan 4, 2011
    80
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Dec 30, 2010
    75
    It's the kind of fun and quirky film that you don't see very often in art houses this time of year.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jan 6, 2011
    75
    In Summer Wars, it's what's old that's made to seem refreshingly new.
  6. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Dec 30, 2010
    70
    There's a lovely, unhurried quality to Mr. Hosoda's storytelling, which nicely matches the clean, classically composed images of his outer story.
  7. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Dec 30, 2010
    40
    It's hard to appreciate things like the character detail amid the insufferably squealy voicing and arbitrary suspense.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jun 8, 2013
    10
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  2. Jul 30, 2011
    10
    Inspiring and definitely one that should be viewed with family. This movie is one that I remember for years to come. An unbeatable blend ofInspiring 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. Expand
  3. Apr 14, 2013
    10
    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 theThis 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. Expand
  4. Jan 4, 2011
    9
    Heartwarming film. It has one awesome set of CG animation parts with a Takashi Murakami style. This movie lives up to its predecessor "TheHeartwarming 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
  5. Jan 7, 2011
    9
    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'tThis 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. Expand
  6. Aug 6, 2013
    8
    Summer Wars eschews the typical cyberpunk bondage gear clad anti-heroes for a cast made up of a nearly-mundane modern upper class JapaneseSummer 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.

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  7. Oct 31, 2011
    7
    "Summer Wars" is way too light and active with a brighter tone compared to its fellow Japanese animations, which easily loses focus on its"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. Collapse

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