100

San Francisco Chronicle

Kurosawa's film is heavyweight fare: disturbing, slightly over the top, but satisfying, like a rich meal with a powerful aftertaste.
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100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jennie Punter
Turns out to be one of the most compelling, finely orchestrated and oddly enchanting films of the year so far.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Known for distinctive horror movies like "Cure" and "Pulse," inventive Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa finds just the right melancholy tone to suit a new and all too familiar kind of horror: economic downsizing.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
An extraordinary work in three movements about the Sasakis, a seemingly ordinary family. In this unpredictable work, the clan implodes, explodes, and glues itself back together.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Each performance in this plaintive work is superb, but Kyoko Koizumi's gently melancholy portrait of the businessman's wife keeps Tokyo Sonata true and affecting, even when the later passages go a little nuts.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
No, it doesn't turn into another horror film or a murder-suicide. It simply shows how lives torn apart by financial emergencies can be revealed as being damaged all along.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Although envisioned before the world economy went to hell, Tokyo Sonata is relevant to the mess we're in now.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Tokyo Sonata, in so many senses, is about an allergic reaction to the very idea of what it means to be Japanese. The characters misplace their belief in etiquette, politesse, dignity, and propriety - or they struggle to maintain it.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

Thanks to the script which invests the smallest scenes with dramatic significance, Tokyo Sonata enthrals audiences for the first hour with the pacing of a thriller.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa is better known for horror films; this is a movie where the horror is internalized, and hideously truthful.
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80 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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