The bad aftertaste from the contrived conclusion diminishes the experience but doesn’t undo the prior 90 minutes of mystery and tension.
Although inconsistently paced, there’s enough compelling material here to make for a challenging and thought-provoking fly-on-the-wall’s perspective.
Blends the intelligence of a well-written dramatic sci-fi/fantasy tale with the action/adventure of a big budget motion picture.
A better-than-average war movie, merging technical craftsmanship, narrative coherence, and competent acting.
There are enough good things to warrant a look for those who may have dismissed the film in 1991 or who never saw it.
There’s something here for everyone, even if the overall package isn’t likely to go down as the next Disney/Pixar “classic.”
The timeless quality of the story and animation make it as much a pleasure to see on the second or third time as it is on the first.
Effective as both a drama and a cautionary tale and the lessons it teaches are possibly more relevant in today’s world than they were 15 years ago.
Instead of being a song to lift the heart, "Ode to Joy" is a discordant, off-key tune that lasts too long.
Made by a movie-lover for movie-lovers. And even those who don’t qualify may still enjoy the hell out of it.