75

San Francisco Chronicle

Unabashedly weepy, lyrical in tone, and yet it cuts through the melodrama and stands as an honest depiction of young people who don't know all the answers but have the intellectual capacity to figure them out.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
There is something in the nature of director Tran Anh Hung, however, that seems to resist happy endings. In the emotional arc of his art, the high point seems to be bittersweet. It's sweet all the way up, wavers in dread and slides down to doom.
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65

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
A movie like Norwegian Wood is a peculiar case – its intentions are sterling, and it's hard to pinpoint any technical flaws. The problem, maybe, is that it's trying too hard; Tran has such firm control over the storytelling that the resulting picture has no room to breathe.
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63

Slant Magazine

Even if this Haruki Murakami adaptation amounts to a gorgeous but lethargic emo ballad, there's no denying the stately lyricism of its melancholy.
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63

Washington Post

At times, the story seems to exist in the instant between wakefulness and sleep, a dreamy state that's also startlingly realistic.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

The fact that Norwegian Wood is based on Haruki Murakami's 1987 international best-seller should encourage many viewers to give this long, elegantly shot, sporadically involving Japanese film a try.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Fans of the book may resist the efforts of director Tran Anh Hung ("The Scent of Green Papaya"), simply because it would be impossible to capture the essence of Murakami's prose. But this exquisitely filmed, often haunting tragedy is worth taking on its own terms.
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60

Empire

Murakami's 'unadaptability' for the screen is self-evident to fans of his books, but this is a noble if bleak first stab.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
This is the one Murakami work that would seem an ideal candidate for the leap from page to screen. It should be a good movie. But it isn't.
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50

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
For a sex movie, Norwegian Wood is about as dry as a pocketful of sand. Even for a film set in a land that considers paper folding an exciting activity, this is dull stuff.
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58 out of 100
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