80

Time Out New York

By Nick Schager
Summer Wars surprisingly celebrates togetherness and bravery as much as binary-mathematics expertise, all helped along by a kick-ass synthesis of traditional hand-drawn scenes and fluid, rainbow-explosive CG artistry.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Running almost two hours, its increasingly convoluted narrative may be too difficult to follow for younger viewers. But its thematic ambition and dazzling visual style ultimately make it one of the more rewarding anime efforts to reach these shores.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
Hosoda, who directed the cult film "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time," has made a sophisticated yet poignant family entertainment with an appeal beyond Japanese animation buffs.
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78

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
Summer Wars is a magnificently manufactured piece of film entertainment that goes beyond the obvious and manages to comment, often obliquely, on everything from Facebook to virtual war and/or terrorism without ever seeming heavy-handed or strident.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
In Summer Wars, it's what's old that's made to seem refreshingly new.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
An enjoyably trippy Japanese animated feature.
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Summer Wars has engineered a truce between the familiar and the fantastical.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
It's the kind of fun and quirky film that you don't see very often in art houses this time of year.
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50

Washington Post

Considering it's anime, Summer Wars starts out more like a bad romantic comedy.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The filmmakers can't keep the strands of their clumsy plot straight, but they create brilliant images and manipulate them with blithe abandon.
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63 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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