It is remarkable not for its flamboyance but for its stark honesty, captivating visual flair, and a style of filmmaking that differs from anything on this side of the Pacific.
| Original Score: A-
For all of its insights into the dream world of teen life, and its electronic expression through cyber culture, the film gives no quarter to anyone seeking to pull a cohesive story out of its 2 1/2-hour running time.
| Original Score: 3/5
The gutsy film didn't help itself by making it so difficult to follow the story and by being so morose.
| Original Score: C+
This movie is maddening. It conveys a simple message in a visual style that is willfully overwrought.
| Original Score: 2/4
One thing is for sure: This movie does not tell you a whole lot about Lily Chou-Chou.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Once you get into its rhythm ... the movie becomes a heady experience.
| Original Score: 3/4
I'm not sure All About Lily Chou-Chou made sense in my head, but it made sense in my heart.
Confusion is one of my least favourite emotions, especially when I have to put up with 146 minutes of it.
| Original Score: 2/4
A difficult, absorbing film that manages to convey more substance despite its repetitions and inconsistencies than do most films than are far more pointed and clear.
A hypnotic cyber hymn and a cruel story of youth culture.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
While the story's undeniably hard to follow, Iwai's gorgeous visuals seduce.
... captures the pain and desperation of adolescent powerlessness and humiliation with powerful intimacy...
| Original Score: B+
A film that's flawed and brilliant in equal measure.
| Original Score: 4/5
A film of quiet power.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Bravura, ambitious and profoundly disturbing. It is also a daunting, demanding experience, one whose complex structure makes it a challenge to track despite literate subtitles.
At an indulgent two and a half hours, the film plays like a poetry reading that drags on too long.
One of the most haunting, viciously honest coming-of-age films in recent memory.
While this has the making of melodrama, the filmmaker cuts against this natural grain, producing a work that's more interested in asking questions than in answering them.
A woefully dull, redundant concept that bears more than a whiff of exploitation, despite Iwai's vaunted empathy.
If your taste runs to 'difficult' films you absolutely can't miss it.