91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Fantasy leaks into reality.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
While I liked the film's aesthetics and its futurist imaginings, its most important attraction is how it engages. Some movies massage you; others tickle you. This one jacks you into cyberspace, involving you psychically and physically.
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88

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Whatever it is you're looking for - comedy, horror, parades of singing frogs and dancing kitchen appliances - you'll find it in Satoshi Kon's anime adventure, a jaw-dropping feat of imagination.
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88

Premiere

By Aaron Hillis
Paprika ain't no kiddie 'toon, even if its thumpin' techno-pop and bubble-gum thrills have the same splashy palette as an episode of "Pokémon" or "Dragon Ball Z."
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Someone walking cold into a movie theater showing Paprika might be excused for thinking the screen was having a Technicolor seizure. Fans of Japanese anime and filmmaker Satoshi Kon will simply feel dazzlingly at home.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Satoshi Kon, whose previous film was the remarkable "Tokyo Godfathers," uses the complex plot as a pretext for joyous psychedelia.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's not a film for children, and it's not even something children would like. It's challenging and disturbing and uncanny in the ways it captures the nature of dreams -- their odd logic, mutability and capacity to hint at deepest terrors.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Fiercely provocative, Paprika shames Hollywood’s use of animation as a kiddie pacifier.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
We've gotten perhaps too used to the computerized wizardry of our own cartoon features; Kon, like Miyazaki shows us some older ways that can still transfix us.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Richard James Havis
It is an intelligently written piece that only falters during the finale.
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81 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.