Memories of Tomorrow (Ashita no kioku) Reviews

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 20, 2012
Ken Watanabe makes his character's whirlwind of fear, anger, and defeat painfully immediate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 30, 2007
Memories of Tomorrow is the first movie I've seen about the disease that is told from the sick person's point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 29, 2007
Watanabe brings ferocious commitment to the sort of role that many an American awards body has been known to champion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
July 15, 2007
This would be a totally manipulative disease-of-the-week movie, were it not for Tsutsumi's gentle direction and Watanabe's intense performance.
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Dennis Lim
Los Angeles Times
June 8, 2007
The script's subtler nuances are too often drowned out by awkward histrionics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
June 8, 2007
Tear jerking comes with the territory, but the filmmakers generally rise above formula, particularly in its depiction of the central marriage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 7, 2007
This heartfelt tale of disintegration and acceptance, seasoned with family devotion, will both raise and soothe the anxieties of those of us who regularly ask ourselves why we came into the kitchen two minutes ago.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 27, 2007
A Japanese film that draws out our respect and compassion for a man whose life is turned upside down by the early onset of Alzheimer's.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 22, 2007
Veers regularly into disease-of-the-week territory but is rescued by the powerhouse performances of Ken Watanabe and Kanako Higuchi.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 22, 2007
Sensitively directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi from a well-constructed script.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Russell Edwards
Variety
May 19, 2007
An outstanding perf and a methodically constructed script about the early onset of Alzheimer's disease makes Japanese meller Memories of Tomorrow an emotionally gripping experience.
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Charles Petersen
Village Voice
May 15, 2007
Of course, it's no surprise that a melodrama would be melodramatic. But that doesn't mean it has to be graceless, and grace, that virtue most characteristic of Japanese film, is what Memories of Tomorrow completely lacks.
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Janos Gereben
Entertainment Insiders
July 21, 2007
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