The New York Times is unimpressed. Variety likes it, preferring the Japanese to the English dub. Salon.com describes it as "a kind of sci-fi noir" and says it "could be considered anime for people who don't like anime (as well as, of course, for those who do)." Moria doesn't much like it:
The film’s crucial failing is that the heroes familiar from the series are never particularly well integrated into the story concerning the black-garbed man planning to release the virus. And even on its own the story about the revenge-obsessed villain is rather torpidly paced and not terribly exciting.