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Washington Post

By Stephen Hunter
But the movie has a great deal of zest and charm, and Yakusho gets so exactly that crest of melancholy that is a man’s early 40s,...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
One of the more completely entertaining movies I've seen in a while--a well-crafted character study that, like a Hollywood movie with a...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Even when the catharsis we yearn for arrives, it's tinged with restraint. But then, the true romance in Shall We Dance? is more than...
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80

Empire

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Shohei's journey from unhappy worker bee - the early scenes are cleverly sketched to show his mundane routine without ever themselves being...
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80

The A.V. Club

By Nathan Rabin
While the characters, situations, and gags are all familiar, Shall We Dance?'s gentle humanity and quiet exuberance are contagious.
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75

San Francisco Examiner

By Walter Addiego
A charming and moving film about a slightly racy subculture in a highly rule-bound society.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Good in their individual scenes, Yakusho and Kusakari are magical together. They convey so much yearning -- not so much for each other as...
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
This is a film for anyone who prefers to leave the theater smiling.
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Has its moments - but far too many of them. It runs two hours and seems to end five times.
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50

TV Guide

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It addresses issues of stultifying routine and the small crises of middle-aged life, and deserves credit for not obscuring the simple story...
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Rated PG