Onmyoji Reviews

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 22, 2003
Unless one is Japanese or seriously devoted to its culture, history and lore, a viewer will get immediately lost in this tale of supernatural phenomena.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
May 4, 2003
The worst foreign film I have ever seen in the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Mary Jacobi
Village Voice
April 22, 2003
Succeeds in visual splendor (it was shot on location in Kyoto) but falls flat on characterization.
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C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle
May 2, 2003
Certainly there are dueling wizards, torchlight swordfights and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon effects. But the moments of action are interspersed with lengthy plot developments that are hard to follow.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 24, 2003
The quality of the CGI-heavy special effects is variable ... but the demon zombies and Doson's cackling familiar are crowd pleasers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
April 25, 2003
For Americans, accustomed to more polished effects and far more violent action, Onmyoji is bound to appear tame and a tiny bit precious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
April 30, 2003
What's missing is conviction, a sense that these are real people instead of actors in ornate costumes stepping gingerly through antique sets.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 2, 2003
Goofy and campy and unabashedly old-fashioned, from the silent-era acting technique to the overwrought direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 25, 2003
Crazier than a rat in a can, but certainly fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Patrick Z. McGavin
Chicago Tribune
May 1, 2003
Rarely solemn or dull, and Takita holds its disparate parts together fairly well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
April 24, 2003
A ghostly and gorgeous tale.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 24, 2003
An epic tale of love, sacrifice and redemption that attains a Shakespearean aura of grandeur and nobility of spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
April 24, 2003
The tone is loose and jokey enough to stave off heaviness.
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
May 2, 2003
Should strike a strong chord among fans of Japanese period films, particularly those with a mythical, mystical bent like Ugetsu and Kwaidan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Robert Koehler
Variety
March 27, 2009
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