Elliot Gay writes, "I think Fullmetal Alchemist, both manga and anime, ended spectacularly well. Hiromu Arakawa was given the time and space necessary to end the manga on her own terms, which really does make all the difference. I certainly wasn't excited about a random stand-alone film, given the track record for these kinds of things. Yet unexpectedly, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos surprised and entertained me for its entire duration. FMA may be done, but at the very least we'll always have adventures like this to go back to."