• Dolls
    2 minutes 35 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Dolls Reviews

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

There's a clinical stillness to the way Kitano suggests the inevitability of loss, his always-arresting visuals and the disembodied, ambient soundtrack framing the characters at a quizzical distance.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia | Original Score: 3/5

November 7, 2012

Empire Magazine

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

November 8, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The stories have a fateful, lonely feel, like one of Wong Kar-wai's missed connections. Yet their tragic timelessness, and the lovely, aching pace at which they are told, bring them to a level of extraordinary beauty.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

November 8, 2007
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

A tripy, fascinating film mixing puppeteering with live action.

Full Review Source: Film Scouts | Original Score: A

June 21, 2007
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

...this anthology of tragic tales is never dull and always a feast for the eyes.

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May 28, 2005
Dennis Schwartz
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Kitsch art.

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

May 23, 2005
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
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The cinematography is colorful and sweeping, the editing and storytelling simple and pure.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 11, 2005
Marcy Dermansky

There aren't many movies more visually beautiful than Takeshi Kitano's odd but moving "Dolls."

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

March 6, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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It's all as passionate, refined, and insistently sad as Bunraku puppetry itself.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

February 11, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Dolls isn't a film for everybody, especially the impatient, but Kitano does succeed, I think, in drawing us into his tempo and his world, and slowing us down into the sadness of his characters.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

February 4, 2005
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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A work both rigorously stylized and deeply personal.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

February 3, 2005
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

Fascinating bits of behavior are scattered throughout these stories, but it cannot be said that the characters are fleshed out beyond their sentimental symbolism.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

January 21, 2005
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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The movie's pace is appropriate to its mood, which is crisp, melancholy and gently cruel.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

January 20, 2005
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Though Kitano has called Dolls 'a puppet show with human characters,' there's nothing stiff or unreal about its intensity of feeling.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

January 20, 2005
Shawn Levy

Kitano succeeds on the strength of his images, but it's a very near thing.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

January 7, 2005
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Weighed down by heavy-handed sentiment and largely free of [Kitano's] trademark dark humor, Dolls is still a compelling work from a genuine talent.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

December 26, 2004
Timothy Knight

Probably one of the most unusual testaments to love's enduring power in recent memory.

| Original Score: 3/4

December 22, 2004
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Studied and stately, and restrained to the point of stasis, Dolls isn't for everyone. But it will provide loyal fans of Kitano, and Japanese art, a decided pleasure.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

December 13, 2004
Robert Dominguez
New York Daily News
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Rife with beautiful imagery and loads of symbolism, though none of the stories is particularly compelling on its own.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 10, 2004
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Lush and poetic, Dolls proves once again that Kitano is one of the world's most original filmmakers.

| Original Score: 3/4

December 10, 2004

Boston Phoenix
November 8, 2007

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