• Released
  • October 18, 2013
  • (NY, Expands LA 1/24)
  • 2 hr 0 min
  • Psychological Drama
    Drama
Like Father, Like Son Synopsis
Ryota learns that his biological son was switched at birth with the boy he has raised as a son.
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The Telegraph

By Robbie Collin
Kore-eda has crafted a piercing, tender poem about the bittersweet ebb and flow of paternal love, and his status as Ozu's heir becomes ever...
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100

The Playlist

By Kevin Jagernauth
Hirokazu has crafted a warm and lovely film that suggests the easiest thing about raising a child is embracing how complicated it can be.
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100

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The questions posed by Like Father, Like Son are universal in nature and the manner in which Kore-eda addresses them makes for superior...
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88

RogerEbert.com

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While I’m not a parent myself, I can see how Like Father, Like Son would be a tough sit for any parent. Tough, but extremely worthwhile.
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88

New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
Like Father, Like Son has earned its right to reduce a person to a sobbing wreck.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Stamets
Like Father, Like Son is always wise about the quandary faced by the two fathers and the two mothers.
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80

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
Even if you’re not boned up on your classic Ozu family tragedies, see it before Spielberg does his remake.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Like Father, Like Son has still more on its mind — a vision of a Japan in which work will be balanced with leisure and love.
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80

Empire

Another quiet delight from Koreeda.
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70

Variety

By Maggie Lee
The director retains his controlled style even as he moves toward a more traditional narrative mode.
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Beautiful Movie

By mjlacayo98
It's a must watch movie if...