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Gozu Reviews

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Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
August 29, 2004
A film that parlays the hoary clichés of the yakuza film into a stunningly surrealistic exercise in cinematic madness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 21, 2004
I don't object to the oddities that Miike's populated his film with; no, the reason Gozu fails is because it's a bore, plain and simple.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
August 16, 2004
Gozu has an occasional fever dream lucidity scene to scene, but the film's willfully weird parts also never coalesce into something grander.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 16, 2004
Fans of Yakuza horror movies finally get their day.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 14, 2004
Cult director Miike crosses "Weekend at Bernie's" with "U-Turn" as if he arrived via David Lynch's "Lost Highway" to come up with his latest bit of boundary-bashing
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 13, 2004
Not your average midnight movie but something more hermetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
August 13, 2004
This is the strongest stuff for film extremists who've just gotta have it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
August 13, 2004
Miike is quite a find, especially since Lynch ... has slowed down in recent years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

E! Online
August 13, 2004
Miike is a master of this duality, a Japanese David Lynch who dares you to enter his world. And it gets stranger all the time.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
August 13, 2004
... perhaps the weirdest yakuza drama ever made ...
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
August 12, 2004
Miike is sometimes ill-served by his scripts, but here screenwriter Sakichi Sato never flags, coming up with one gloriously grotesque incident after another.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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David Chute
L.A. Weekly
August 12, 2004
The various disruptions Miike visits upon his stories, and upon his audience, serve mainly to focus attention on the manipulating intelligence behind the scenes. They're a fancy way of yelling, 'Look at me!'
Don Willmott
August 10, 2004
For Miike fans, Gozu is a go-see, but Miike newbies will get a better feel for his one-of-a-kind imagination from any of his other films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jamie Russell
August 10, 2004
A one-way ticket to Weirdsville, it occasionally ambles into cul-de-sacs of its own making, but ultimately proves that Miike is one of the most consistently innovative and unpredictable directors in the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeremy Knox
Film Threat
August 10, 2004
This is Takashi Miike doing David Lynch, and as he's shown before, the man is a genius. He surpasses Lynch in pure weirdness while retaining a certain inner logic to the proceedings.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International
August 8, 2004
Featuring an incomprehensible plot and some of the grossest scenes in recent memory, Gozu is nothing if not original. Whether anyone will care is another matter entirely.
Jordan Reed
Boxoffice Magazine
August 8, 2004
The overtly cerebral, surreal motifs of Gozu distract from Miike's potent -- and seriously twisted -- analyses of women and sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
August 7, 2004
Very slow in spots, with Miike saving it all up for his big finale, which I dare not speak of lest the nightmares return.
Spence D.
IGN Movies
August 6, 2004
...underneath the freaky veneer lurks a film that exposes the true nature of friendship, loyalty, and just how far somebody will go to exact their just revenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
August 5, 2004
The hallucinatory shock opera builds to a climax that will widen even the most jaded eyes.
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