Sonatine Reviews

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 17, 2011
[VIDEO] "Sonatine" is a lyrical picture of Japan's poker face toward the outrageous violence of its mob culture.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
September 3, 2010
bold and ballsy
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 9, 2005
This film resurrected the yakusa genre? It is amazing it didn't put it to sleep for good.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
May 20, 2004
Haunting look at doomed yakuza gangster
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
A different kind of action movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Sleek, punchy and altogether captivating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Eliminates the one virtue American action films can legitimately claim -- vitality -- and replaces it with fake- existential claptrap wrapped in an inept narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 1, 2000
The quirky humor gives what could easily be a tired story an unusual air of freshness and humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Henne
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
One of the most valuable facets of Kitano's film is its exposure of the gangster ideal as the myth of little boys who forgot to grow up.
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
January 1, 2000
Compare the journey taken by Kitano's character to the 'character arc' on exhibit in a typical American action film.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
The great images presented on the screen -- not the acting, nor the story line, are what make this film work best.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com
January 1, 2000
When the action comes, it comes in short, precise bursts. It's not exciting. It's not intended to be.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
The look of the film is sometimes dreamy, sometimes crisp, but always engrossing.
| Original Score: 3/5

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Kitano is a mesmerizing and remarkably humanistic angel of death.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It shows how violent gangster movies need not be filled with stupid dialogue, nonstop action and gratuitous gore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
Gross and trite as the material is, Kitano shows again that he is an ingenious, purposeful filmmaker.
Top Critic
Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Kitano's haunting elegy to the gangster way of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 3, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
November 30, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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