• R, 1 hr. 42 min.
  • Drama, Romance, Comedy
  • Directed By:    Sofia Coppola
  • In Theaters:    Sep 26, 2003 Limited
  • On DVD:    Feb 3, 2004
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Lost In Translation Reviews

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
October 5, 2008

Lost in Translation revels in contradictions. It's a comedy about melancholy, a romance without consummation, a travelogue that rarely hits the road.

David Rooney
Variety
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October 5, 2008

Very much a mood piece, the film's deft balance of humor and poignancy makes it both a pleasurable and melancholy experience.

David Ansen
Newsweek
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November 1, 2007

With this film it becomes clear that Sofia Coppola is a filmmaker with eyes all her own.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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June 24, 2006

So far as the central relationship goes, the film is almost European in its subtlety and nuance. Cinematic cherry blossom.

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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March 7, 2005

[Murray] can still do more with a raised eyebrow than anyone since Groucho Marx, but he's mellower and sometimes slightly poignant.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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August 7, 2004

In Japan, the most extreme delicacy goes hand in hand with garishness, and Coppola offers up both for our delectation. It's a heady, hallucinatory combo.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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October 9, 2003

Of course, Mr. Murray gets all the laughs with his exquisite timing and wry delivery, but Ms. Johansson makes an eloquent and charismatic listener.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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September 26, 2003

[A] rich and funny film.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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September 20, 2003

Murray has never been better than he is here, but then he's never had a part that fit him so well, either.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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September 20, 2003

A stylish meditation on alienation and ennui.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Tom Long
Detroit News
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September 20, 2003

Textured, thoughtful and touching.

| Original Score: A
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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September 20, 2003

There is real magic afoot in Lost in Translation -- the sort that is created not at the wave of a wizard's wand, but by the coming together of two wayward souls.

| Original Score: 4/4
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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September 20, 2003

In Lost in Translation, [Murray] emerges as a complete character -- honourable and venal, fallible and funny, adding vulnerability to the panache.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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September 20, 2003

Although Translation is only [Coppola's] second feature, she already shows signs of being a sensei, as the Japanese call a master.

| Original Score: 4/4
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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September 20, 2003

How instinctively we react -- and connect -- when a film captures a feeling that is all too common, and all too real.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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September 20, 2003

Think of Lost in Translation as a beautifully told short story. It doesn't have the resonance or heft of a good novel, but it's slyly seductive and intensely moody.

| Original Score: A-
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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September 20, 2003

How to sing the praises of Lost in Translation without drowning out its subtle pleasures?

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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September 18, 2003

It's a wonderful film, all subtlety and grace, from the delicate script of writer-director Sofia Coppola to the finely tuned efforts of Bill Murray, who gives a still, laconic yet mesmerizing performance.

| Original Score: 5/5
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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September 18, 2003

Lost in Translation is a fortunate encounter between a young talent on the rise and an old pro still hitting his stride.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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September 18, 2003

By the end of Lost in Translation, we don't know much about Japan, but we know a lot more about the human condition.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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September 18, 2003

Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson give performances that will be talked about for years.

| Original Score: 3.5/4
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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September 13, 2003

Sofia Coppola's stealthy romance about two Americans stranded in Tokyo is a work of marvelous delicacy -- and offers the performance of Bill Murray's career.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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September 12, 2003

Coppola, an assured and confident young filmmaker, has crafted a small poem, about being lost and being found.

| Original Score: 3.5/4
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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September 12, 2003

[Coppola] gives us a film so poignant, so funny, so free of self-satisfied bravado, that one can't help but look forward to her next work.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
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September 12, 2003

The old adage says that poetry is what's lost in translation, but the poetry is all that survives in Sofia Coppola's wispy art film.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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September 12, 2003

Sublimely romantic and subtle.

| Original Score: 4/4
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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September 12, 2003

Sweet and sad at the same time it is sardonic and funny.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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September 12, 2003

It allows Scarlett Johansson to arrive as an actress at the same time it finally gives Bill Murray the great role that has always eluded him.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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September 12, 2003

If Murray has an imposing corner on the comic dynamism in this movie, Johansson is no less compelling for her mysticism, self-assurance and charm.

Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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September 12, 2003

A smartly written, confidently directed film that delivers big laughs while developing two of the year's most earnest characters and some of its most rewarding sentiments.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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September 12, 2003

It gets at something exquisitely human.

David Edelstein
Slate
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September 12, 2003

An entrancing mood piece.

Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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September 11, 2003

One of the purest and simplest examples ever of a director falling in love with her star's gifts.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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September 11, 2003

Tart and sweet, unmistakably funny and exceptionally well observed.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike Clark
USA Today
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September 11, 2003

The joys of Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation come from watching Murray modify his trademark passive- aggressive style into played-straight comic bewilderment -- and to marvel at his slim new picture- of-health appearance.

Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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September 11, 2003

It's certainly edgier, smarter, than much of what passes for culture-clash comedy these days, even if the phlegmatic Murray sometimes resembles every Ugly American abroad, mocking waiters and sushi chefs who struggle to get his deadpan humor.

| Original Score: 2.5/4
John Anderson
Newsday
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September 11, 2003

Remarkably sophisticated, honest, consistently hilarious and very real.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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September 11, 2003

Mysterious and complex, as it muses bittersweetly on marriage, longing and the disconnectedness one can feel from another culture or people.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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September 11, 2003

Though the year is 2003 and the world is, in so many ways, at its smallest ... we are, this extraordinary new movie reminds us, ever more diffused, ever less able to make meaningful connections.

James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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September 11, 2003

This study into the unfathomable depths of human relationships has more honesty than 95% of the movies I have seen this year.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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September 10, 2003

Exquisite study in emotional and geographical dislocation.

Full Review | Original Score: A
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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September 9, 2003

Coppola -- who wrote as well as directed -- gives Murray room to stretch and is rewarded with some remarkably melancholy clowning.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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September 8, 2003

Johansson is lovely and funny and sarcastic and sincere, and Murray is nothing short of great.

Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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September 1, 2003

In only her second feature, Coppola has made a poised, intelligent film that nicely balances laughs with a poignancy rarely seen in American movies.