Cure Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 17, 2011
It's unsatisfying as a story precisely because it aspires to create a mounting sense of dread by enlarging questions rather than answering them.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 31, 2005
...what is this, an episode of The Flintstones?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jake Euker
Filmcritic.com
June 28, 2004
The approach is not an especially deep one, and in Cure it's given more deliberation than it can bear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Luty
Film Journal International
August 15, 2001
Too shallow to enthrall, and it lacks the visceral energy to sustain itself as a genre piece.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 3, 2002
A fascinating artifact as well as a most engrossing thriller.
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
September 5, 2009
Fragmented identity becomes the ultimate horror
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
The single best horror film I've seen this century.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Complex film with many things going on at once.
Full Review | Original Score: high +1 out of -4..+4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
July 21, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 21, 2001
Kurosawa's extraordinary direction drizzles a bit of psychological acid on everything, making it seem breath-stoppingly fresh.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
November 14, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 2, 2001
With long, uncut takes in which tension builds simply and quietly, Cure will have you under its spell.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 6, 2002
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 | Original Score: B-
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
June 6, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
August 1, 2001
Cure sticks with you -- it's a movie about the power of suggestion that casts a troubling spell on the viewer as well.
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John Anderson
Newsday
August 3, 2001
Cool and caustic.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 15, 2001
Rather than resort to clever plot twists and reversals, Kurosawa constructs an elaborate psychological maze and then strands us in the middle of it.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 6, 2002
Tough to shake even when it feels more like an exercise than a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Spence D.
IGN Movies
February 13, 2004
Kurosawa definitely has a strong visual style and a knack for spinning engrossing, if not bizarre, stories that cross the genre divide.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
January 21, 2004
An effective piece of shock cinema.
| Original Score: 3/4
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