• Cure
    2 minutes 39 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Cure Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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It's unsatisfying as a story precisely because it aspires to create a mounting sense of dread by enlarging questions rather than answering them.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 17, 2011
Fernando F. Croce

Fragmented identity becomes the ultimate horror

Full Review Source: CinePassion

September 5, 2009
David Rooney
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Tone and atmosphere mirror subject to perfection in Kiyoshi Kurosawa's hypnotic trip into the lower depths of the human mind.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009

Time Out
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It's well enough acted and directed to advance Kurosawa's claim to be taken as an important new voice in Japanese cinema.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006

Film Threat

There is no clear-cut conclusion. The film is not wrapped up in a nice neat little package. Kurosawa shows us a glimpse into this strange world and then pulls away, leaving us to figure out the answers, answers that may never come.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2005
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

The single best horror film I've seen this century.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: A-

May 3, 2005
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...what is this, an episode of The Flintstones?

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

January 31, 2005
Jake Euker

The approach is not an especially deep one, and in Cure it's given more deliberation than it can bear.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 28, 2004
Jeremy Heilman

Though there's a memorable final confrontation in the protagonist's mind, and a heck of a closing, most of the film's second half isn't nearly moody enough.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/4

June 6, 2004
Spence D.
IGN Movies

Kurosawa definitely has a strong visual style and a knack for spinning engrossing, if not bizarre, stories that cross the genre divide.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 13, 2004
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

An effective piece of shock cinema.

| Original Score: 3/4

January 21, 2004
Ross Williams
Film Threat

A movie to get lost in.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 8, 2002
Christopher Null

The scenes of utter nonsense (and there are many) are outweighed by those of genius, making Cure a relative standout in this budding genre.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 14, 2002
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A dark and diverting urban psychologial thriller that is well-acted and staged but goes down an unconvincing metaphysical road in its conclusion.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

September 6, 2002
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

A fascinating cinematic exercise which woozily suggests the fragile underpinnings of modern rational life by craftily employing genre conventions in unexpected ways.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B+

June 7, 2002
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Tough to shake even when it feels more like an exercise than a movie.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

June 6, 2002
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

An existentialist serial killer film that plays like what Cohen's God Told Me To might look like were it written and directed by "Beat" Takeshi.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 4/4

April 7, 2002
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Another strong vehicle for Japan's top male star, Koji Yakusho.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B-

April 3, 2002
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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A fascinating artifact as well as a most engrossing thriller.

January 3, 2002
Kevin John Bozelka
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Don't expect the meticulously honed story of Seven or an evening of pretzel-raveling a la Memento. But if you've had a particularly stressful workweek, it'll make you question whether the stress was worth it.

December 7, 2001
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