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70

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100
Chicago Tribune
Fabulous for many reasons. Most important, this movie is Chiyoko's story, not an anime adventure. It's animated, but it's human and will touch the soul of anyone who has loved deeply.
91
Deftly weaves history, film and memory into an imaginative meditation on why the movies become a part of our lives.
80
Satoshi innovates not by pushing off into more extreme realms of adolescent fantasy, but by using all the resources of animation to tell complex dramatic stories, resources that in his hands seem almost limitless.
75
The movie's narrative can be taxingly ornate, but there's something beautiful about its metaphorical conflation of politics and glamour, the real and the fictional.
75
New York Daily News
Although we never feel any true connection to the enigmatic actress, there's no denying the inventiveness of Kon's homage to the possibilities of cinema.
75
New York Post
It manages to be both kinetic and dream-like at the same time -- "Run Lola Run" by way of David Lynch.
75
There isn't a film filled with richer, more colorfully imaginative images currently playing in theaters.
70
Past and present, reality and fiction blend seamlessly into each other in Satoshi Kon's dream-like animated drama.
67
Millennium Actress has more layers to it than the proverbial onion, but Kon's sure hand keeps things moving right along and into the next historical period.
63
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Millennium Actress is a quest for beauty and truth that is as wonderful to look at as it is gruelling to contemplate.

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