Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 5 out of 13
  1. 90
    It's all such a spectacular show.
  2. 83
    An odd, jumbled, beautifully wrought, often confusing work, this animated feature manages to be a compelling, exhilarating experience.
  3. Reviewed by: Jim Peterson
    A beautifully drawn film and engaging story marred only by its vague character development and mediocre voice-overs.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    It doesn't tap deeply enough into any of the characters to compel us to identify with one or another.
  5. 50
    Ignore the furiously overplotted, headache-inducing story -- derived from a series of comic books -- and focus on the exquisitely drawn Japanese animation.
  6. Too bad the plotting is jumbled, and the characters too numerous and undifferentiated.
  7. 50
    Has the sleepy feel of an urban fairy tale, but getting there is a long trip.
  8. 43
    It's gibberish, but when X works at all, it works not on the brain, but on the gut.
  9. About as many characters, dragons and force fields as "Pokémon" has pocket monsters, so it may be difficult for the uninitiated to keep track.
  10. 30
    This film will doubtless interest serious anime fans, but it won't win any converts.
  11. 25
    Could be the most overblown and confusing example of anime yet, as it piles one pretentious story element on top of another.
  12. 20
    It sounds as ridiculous as a "Pokemon" episode gone horribly awry.
  13. It bored me clean out of my wits.

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