Eye-opening and humanizing, this is as atypical an animated feature as one is likely to find washing ashore in the United States.
The movie contains some tremendous individual scenes but the whole isn’t better than the sum of its parts.
A superior alternative to the big-name, bloated action films hogging the largest screens in most multiplexes.
With too much material to fit into a 141-minute movie, there are times when the approach feels superficial.
Although at times overwrought and overtly manipulative, the film as a whole is like a kick to the gut.
A stirring drama that incorporates lighter moments with scenes of deeply felt tragedy.
Equal parts mesmerizing and perplexing, intriguing and frustrating.