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Norwegian Wood Reviews

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Kimber Myers
The Playlist

Like its source material from Haruki Murakami, this is a beautiful film that exquisitely captures grief and sadness, and unsurprisingly, it probably won't help you if you're suffering from seasonal affective disorder.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: B

August 15, 2013
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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The acting in the film is key. Every moment by Ken'ichi Matsuyama as Watanabe and Rinko Kikuchi as Naoko is valid yet seems distilled by memory rather than presented raw.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

June 19, 2013
Dave White

Director Tran Anh Hung would much rather show than tell but he never wants to brag about what he's showing.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

March 4, 2013
Sean Axmaker

... suffused in melancholia, with imagery as delicate as the lives it presents and atmospheres so fragile they look like they'd shatter under too much emotional pressure.

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May 19, 2012
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Like an old memory that never loses its hold, "Norwegian Wood" stays with you.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 16, 2012
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

As melancholy and fragile and at times even as lovely as the John Lennon composition from which it borrows its name...

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3/4

March 19, 2012
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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We cover years at a bound, but when we light, we tend to spend long, lingering moments through the camera's loving eye. This is a beautiful film to see.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4.5/5

March 15, 2012
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

An angsty (albeit sensual) tale of great love and great loss.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 2, 2012
Shawn Levy

It doesn't hit you head on so much as seep into you, and its effects linger.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B+

March 1, 2012
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
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A master of mood and visuals, Tran proves an inspired choice.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

February 2, 2012
Todd Jorgenson

The mood is downbeat and the characters are slow to warm to the audience, yet Hung creates some visually striking imagery.

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January 20, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's sweet all the way up, wavers in dread and slides down to doom.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 19, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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This lush, eventually torpid adaptation of Haruki Murakami's more nuanced 1987 cult-favorite novel considers youthful love, loss, and eros...

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

January 12, 2012
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

The juxtaposing of nature and three young lovers make this film a feast for the eyes and the heart.

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 8/10

January 8, 2012
Alonso Duralde
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A visually stunning and moving piece of storytelling bolstered by searing performances and a standout score by Jonny Greenwood.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

January 6, 2012
Andrew O'Hehir
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Maybe this was the project Tran has been waiting for. I rate this the best film of his non-prolific career by far.

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January 6, 2012
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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"Norwegian Wood" is a restrained portrait of liminal moments, a coming-of-age tale that feels more like a moody ghost story than a neatly contained chronicle of beginnings.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 6, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The gently diffuse light and color and the compositions by cinematographer Mark Lee Ping Bin, create a delicate, almost watercolored world, fading like a memory.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 6, 2012
Diva Velez

Outstanding performances blend beautifully with a sharp, unsentimental script, stunning cinematography and evocative score to make Norwegian Wood a haunting, mesmerizing symphony of heartache, love, loss and hope.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

January 5, 2012
Dustin Putman

Low-key and sweeping, intimate and classically melodramatic.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/4

January 5, 2012
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