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Saturday, July 14th 2007

10:02 AM

Tekkonkinkreet 88% fresh - UPDATED

  • Posted by: Steve Biodrowski

TEKKONKINKREET - the new anime film opening exclusively at the Landmark today - has not been seen by man critics on these shores, but those few have overwhelmingly embraced it, resulting in an 88% fresh rating in this survey of 8 reviews (7 fresh, 1 rotten) at Rotten Tomatoes. The cream of the crop rating was 80%, because it contained the one loan dissenter, Julie Wallace of Village Voice, who called the film (too cute and too rambling."

The other critics had only good things to say...

  • "Far less cartoonish than, say Pirates of the Caribbean 3. And its characters are the most poignant, and convincingly human, of the summer." - John Anderson, Newsday
  • "A mournful poem about childhood and adulthood." - Jeremy Knox, Film Threat
  • "Tekkonkinkreet, for all its architecturally grimy virtuosity and flourishes of anime cool, remains the story of a damaged city that can still point to one mighty example of brotherly love." - Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
  • "If it doesn't quite achieve seamless plotting and colorful dialogue, it makes up for it by merging highly stylized animation with live action aesthetics in remarkably immersive ways." - Doug Cummins, Film Journey

UPDATE: As more reviews have rolled in the numbers have dropped slighty. Overall freshness rating now stands at 79%; the cream of the crop rating is 75%. Still well within "fresh" territory

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