Otona no miru ehon - Umarete wa mita keredo (I Was Born, But ) (Children of Tokyo) Reviews

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Philip Kemp
Total Film
September 23, 2013
The humour is sly, warm and playful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 23, 2013
A silent film that starts as a hilarious, warmhearted comedy and ends as a sobering, heartbreaking drama about two young boys who discover that their father is not the great man they imagined him to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
September 23, 2013
[I Was Born, But . . .] is a master class -- one of the [Ozu's] earliest -- in the art of distilling emotional intensity from quiet lives.
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
February 19, 2012
Expresses the ideal vantage for surveying the joys and banalities of youthful and adult existence
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
August 29, 2010
A charming, genial satire that touches on a bitter truth...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 16, 2010
A masterpiece, and one of Ozu's three or four greatest works.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
June 26, 2010
An amusing, well-acted and intelligent slice of social commentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 25, 2010
Ozu's movie is also smart at levels almost too subtle to discern, perhaps not so much smart as wise.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 25, 2010
One of those silent black-and-white old movies that makes the subsequent advances in the medium look redundant.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
June 23, 2010
Watching the first hour of I Was Born, But... (unspooling with a bright, new piano score by Donald Sosin) might remind you of a subdued Our Gang skit, and not unpleasantly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
June 22, 2010
The film retains a measure of tempered hope, born not simply from the father's command-cum-wish to his slumbering offspring but also from a final act of youthful compassion that binds Ozu's intensely human characters in glass-half-full solidarity.
Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
May 4, 2008
Sociology and history aside, I Was Born, But%u2026 is also a romp and never loses its sense of humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
May 3, 2008
Behind the deft comedy and spirited performances of the two boys is a rather somber engagement with the compromises adults make to the demands of the social order.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
April 28, 2008
goes beyond the genre by offering subtle social criticism%u2014a first in Japanese cinema
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Both the gags and the emotional disappointments are anchored in a sure sense of characterisation that remains wholly fresh, and the pace of the whole film is worthy of Buster Keaton at his best.
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
September 18, 2004
A delightful silent film about two young brothers whose family moves to a new town.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 17, 2004
Charming early Ozu.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
One of Yasujiro Ozu's most sublime films.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
This splendid example of a salaryman's film is the first great film of the master's.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 2, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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