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Based on 16 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
Chicago Sun-Times
A wild elaboration. If you have never seen a Japanese anime, start here. If you love them, Metropolis proves you are right.
Austin Chronicle
By the time the explosive finale arrives (with a wistful Ray Charles crooning over shots of cataclysmic destruction, no less), you'll be hard pressed to name a recent film with this much action, pathos, and smarts.
Boston Globe
Poetic, surreal, and curiously powerful.
New York Daily News
The story is compelling, but Metropolis is such a visual masterpiece, it's easy to get lost within its seemingly endless layers of graphic complexity.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
May not have the most sophisticated narrative, but it is one of the most spectacular and masterly demonstrations of animation in screen history.
They should have produced this in 3D for IMAX as Metropolis is the kind of work destined to blow the minds of stoners everywhere.
Superior animated film from Japan.
Here is a film of staggering technical and visual virtuosity, filled with utterly amazing images, that's also entertaining and engaging for children and adults on several levels.
The look is utterly faithful to Tezuka's aesthetic -- he loved classic Disney animation, especially "Bambi" (1942) -- but it's hard to empathize with the angst of a character who looks like a Super Mario Brother.
New York Post
The dialogue is dubbed into English by generic actors, whose phony, emotionless rendition undermines what's on the screen.

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