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The Eel (Unagi) Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

May 23, 2013
Cole Smithey

| Original Score: 3/5

October 12, 2005
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 4/5

August 12, 2005
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Imamura composed The Eel with an artist's eye and takes his time, so don't expect a fast-paced American-style film.

Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 2, 2004
Darrin Keene
Film Threat

| Original Score: 5/5

February 4, 2003
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

This excellent drama, based on a novel, reveals the beginning of a relationship between two souls who are trying to move beyond the wounds of the past.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

March 2, 2002
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

[An] odd, affecting little film.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 4/5

February 28, 2002
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Unpredictable and captivating.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

February 14, 2001
Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times
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Yakusho and Ms. Shimizu deliver unerring performances in a splendid film that harvests hope from a bleak landscape.

Full Review Source: New York Times

January 1, 2000
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An interesting film that works most effectively as an introspective study of how to deal with one's anger and love.

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

January 1, 2000
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

A beautiful character study -- comedic scenes notwithstanding -- that ends on a hopeful note.

| Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2000
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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This simple, sinuous fable may not be among Imamura's greatest films ... but it could hardly have been made by anyone else.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 1, 2000
Harvey S. Karten

Effectively emotional, quiet, and leisurely paced.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: 9/10

January 1, 2000
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

A flash of quiet brilliance that resonates long after the images have faded from the screen.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2000
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

An oddly affecting and haunting film, thanks to the deliberate pacing and an appropriately enigmatic starring turn by actor Koji Yakusho.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Richard Porton
Film Journal International

An alternately poignant and funny film which transcends the limitations of its seemingly ludicrous plot.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 1, 2000
Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
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It sounds nuts, but one of the best movies in town is about the relationship of a man with his eel.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle

January 1, 2000
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Examiner

In a way, The Eel is very much like Black Rain, and nearly as great.

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

January 1, 2000
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Just when it seems like 'The Eel' is going to settle into a standard love-conquers-fear tale, the writers begin coloring in the characters, revealing their secrets and insecurities. The results are sometimes shocking and sometimes funny...

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

January 1, 2000
David Stratton
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David Sterritt
Film Scouts
April 17, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
March 14, 2002
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
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