Fear and Trembling Reviews

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Kam Williams
Sly Fox
August 1, 2007
A clean S&M flick which only devotees of mental cruelty are likely to find satisfying. Office Space, Japanese Style!
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
December 14, 2005
a bravura performance in a memorable film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
August 5, 2005
The best office comedy since Office Space.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Janos Gereben
culturevulture.net
July 30, 2005
A mindboggling view into the heart of Japan
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 24, 2005
One of the screen's most cuttingly funny looks at office life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 24, 2005
... subtly sexual and erotic, despite the fact that every scene takes place in the office and there is not a single overt sexual act or word or gesture or reference.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
June 3, 2005
A shrewd but spiky satire about corporate bureaucracy and Japanese social stratification.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 21, 2005
Cool, incisive, funny but also strangely melancholy...connoisseurs of cinematic elegance should find it a brilliant jewel.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 20, 2005
The film is more ambiguous about its characters' desire than it needs to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 15, 2005
Testud, who appears to be fluent in the Japanese language, throws herself into this role and is wickedly funny as she flounders in the perverse environment
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 1, 2005
The delicacy of the film comes from the fine performances, particularly Kaori Tsuji as Fubuki.
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 24, 2005
Moves swiftly and builds to a satisfying conclusion.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
March 18, 2005
Astutely directed by Alain Corneau.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
March 18, 2005
Harrowing and hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
March 18, 2005
Offers a mostly fascinating look at Japanese culture as seen through narrowly focused Western eyes.
| Original Score: B
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
March 17, 2005
Testud is nothing short of sublime.
Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org
March 16, 2005
The movie is slight but in a way that makes it the opposite of pushy; it's companionably easy to laugh with.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 25, 2005
Strange and darkly funny culture-clash comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
February 17, 2005
From its snarky water-cooler comedy to its satisfying dabblings in feminism, the movie has a championship heart in Testud, an electric screen presence any audience will follow as willingly as the camera tracks her marvelously expressive features.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Curt Fields
Washington Post
February 17, 2005
A captivating tale of corporate degradation and eventual liberation.
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