Outrage Reviews

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Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
March 7, 2012
How can anyone can get excited over something so grim and redundant?
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 26, 2012
It's a gangster story, told well, with no punches pulled.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
January 6, 2012
Kitano is clearly enjoying his powers as a master of the form, and the movie invites the viewer to share in his enjoyment.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 5, 2012
It's like a version of "Cinema Paradiso" where all the murders were saved up by a censor and strung together for a bloodbath.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 16, 2011
True Kitano fans will find its title sadly ironic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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William Goss
Film.com
December 16, 2011
It's retaliation without foundation, all fun and games until everyone gets hurt.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 8, 2011
Kitano leaves it up to us to connect the dots. Unfortunately, he seems to get bored before he's done, and so do we.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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December 2, 2011
The longer Outrage goes on, the more distance it gets from its core themes about the moral chaos of gangsterism. It becomes a film about cool killings, which may satisfy the bloodlust of some Kitano fans but hardly amounts to a return to form.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 2, 2011
Unfortunately the film itself feels a little punch drunk, particularly as the feuds escalate. Who's trying to knock off whom? It's hard to keep track...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
December 2, 2011
The editing (by Kitano) and lensing are stylish and guaranteed to keep viewers hooked through the final rubout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
December 1, 2011
So low-key and offhanded in its mastery that it becomes something like a pulp sleight-of-hand trick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 1, 2011
Mr. Kitano's immaculate compositions and eccentric flourishes are part of the film's sustained, muted pleasures and are often in service to some underlying meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 1, 2011
[Kitano] directs with such wicked confidence and so many gleefully extreme flourishes...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 1, 2011
[Takeshi's] sense of style is very much in evidence here, and so is his sense of humor.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
December 1, 2011
Compared to the dramatic riches Kitano used to find amid the bloodletting, Outrage's feels pretty paltry.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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David Fear
Time Out
November 29, 2011
The movie too often resembles a repetitive cycle of tough guys shouting, shooting and shuffling off this mortal coil.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
November 29, 2011
Like one of its yakuza bigs, Outrage commands respect but no affection.
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Rob Nelson
Variety
October 18, 2011
The results are so visually stunning, why quibble?
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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
October 18, 2011
As violent, amoral and misanthropic as a Jacobean play, Outrage is Takeshi Kitano's first yakuza flick since Brother, and arguably his best film in a decade.