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63
While sci-fi conceits still permeate the plot (alien DNA, rogue scientists), attention to personal detail float world-weary, superbly-drawn protagonists in a rare movie-a character-driven animated film.
63
New York Post
Lacks excitement, although its solid story makes for decent viewing.
60
The backgrounds are handsome and moody, and the character animation is less distractingly cartoonish than that of films like the otherwise breathtaking Metropolis (2001).
60
Chicago Reader
The romantic denouement is so predictable it must have driven the animators mad as they worked, but their modest art is eerily effective.
50
The two encounters with the beast WXIII -- first in a darkened factory, and later in an empty stadium, to the strains of Beethoven's Piano Sonata in G Minor (Pathétique) -- elevate the disappointingly flat animation into a vivid fable of monster and morality.
50
Follows the Japanese tradition of humanizing movie monsters, this time in a rather disturbing way.
50
Where the too-rarefied style and the too-simple substance meet, a compromise is reached, and something uniquely haunting is formed.
50
A competent if overlong blend of policier, sci-fi conspiracy thriller, daikaiju eiga (giant monster) stompfest, and tragic romance. It's also anime (short for "cheaper than live-action").
40
The route to the film's dramatic and poignant climax is so hard to follow that the pleasure, the potential for which is considerable, has been substantially diminished.
38
New York Daily News
The full title of this animé import is WXIII (Patlabor the Movie 3), and if you think the name's confusing, you may want to spare yourself the work of figuring out the film itself.

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