Ping Pong Reviews

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
May 25, 2007
Braced by spiky humor but tempered by sentimentality, Ping Pong might have been a disposable teen comedy if not for the Japanese film's unexpectedly thrilling action sequences and subtly profound observations about competition and the human spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
April 27, 2007
The movie has some of the feel of a good graphic novel and offers a lot of Japanese pop pleasures as well. The images are eye-catching and highly colorful, the pacing is fast, and the story and the characters are simple, grabby and archetypal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
April 9, 2007
Ping Pong is probably the most extravagant celebration of a childhood game ever committed to film.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Julia Wallace
Village Voice
April 3, 2007
The film projects a sense of loopy joy that comes from being young and playing the only game that matters.
Harvey S. Karten
March 30, 2007
Seems more suited to video than the big screen--a study in teen angst with some digitally enhanced shots of table tennis.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
March 27, 2007
Kudo neatly codes allusions to yin-yangs into his frames, stressing time and again that the game of ping pong is not about winning so much as it is a matter of social. camaraderie and blissful self-reflection.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
January 13, 2007
Previsível como a maior parte dos filmes de esporte, mas acaba conquistando por desenvolver muito bem seus personagens, levando o espectador a se importar com todos eles.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Behind all the awkwardness, the film does set out a heartfelt view of friendship, character and destiny.
Jamie Russell
January 26, 2005
For what it's worth, it's undoubtedly the best ping pong movie ever made!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Hughes
Empire Magazine
July 30, 2004
A quirky drama with finely drawn characters and some kinetic ping-pong action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 19, 2004
This film is so endearing and entertaining that it's hard to understand why it hasn't gone on to take the world by storm ... igniting a ping pong craze in the process!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ross Williams
Film Threat
July 1, 2003
Despite being a little cliché, Ping Pong is a hell of a lot of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Joshua Tanzer
May 15, 2003
Surprisingly wonderful. Ultimately transcends the ka-plink ka-plink ka-plink of little plastic balls on wooden tables - it becomes an elegant tango of the mind and soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
April 24, 2003
Perhaps the best sports movie I've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 10, 2003
A deft, delightful mix of sulky teen drama and overcoming-obstacles sports-movie triumph.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 24, 2007
There are no surprises in this match, but director Fumihiko Sori makes the games visually thrilling and communicates the athletic nirvana of high-level competition...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
April 27, 2007
An overlong exercise in sport as character-builder.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Pais
April 26, 2007
Table tennis. That's pretty much it. For two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 16, 2007
Overlong and overstuffed with characters and situations, Ping Pong doesn't really succeed on a dramatic level.
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
July 30, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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Dennis Harvey
March 27, 2009
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