Tampopo Reviews

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 13, 2015
Food, glorious food -- its life-giving, sensual, aromatic and filling properties are celebrated in the wacky Tampopo. This Japanese film is without precedent, no matter what country you are talking about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
March 13, 2015
Japanese films have commented before on the intrinsic connection between food and sex, but not with the erotic gusto of Juzo Itami's Tampopo and rarely with the comic lustiness of this broad-scale satire.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 13, 2015
Itami's humor and invention is such that we never have a chance to feel deprived. His stylistic palette and sense of fun are so wide-ranging that he can oscillate between brightness and darkness to articulate one gag.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News
March 13, 2015
As long as the movie sticks to the story of the noodle shop, however, it's delightful and funny.
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
March 13, 2015
Charming and touching, this film about the relationship between the widow and the trucker is a pleasant surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 13, 2015
Tampopo is, among many other things, the first "spaghetti eastern" and one of its particular charms is that it celebrates as much as satirizes. No movie gourmet with exotic tastes should miss it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
March 13, 2015
It's a funny story beautifully told.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 13, 2015
The movie makes you laugh, gets you hungry, stirs things up.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
March 13, 2015
Not many films have dwelled so continually on food, or stirred up so many laughs in kitchens and restaurants.

March 13, 2015
Splendid in the title role is Miyamoto, Itami's wife and star of most of his films. Another favourite actor, Yamazaki is her excellent foil.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 13, 2015
Tampopo is a wonderfully funny and creative film with a cornucopia of comical characters in absurd situations. These
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
September 5, 2010
a pleasant enough time-passer
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
A thoroughly offbeat but most enjoyable comedy on the subject of food.
Emanuel Levy
July 19, 2007
Playful and self-reflexive, Itami's delightful shaggy-dog tale makes allusions to Samurai, American Westerns, Spielberg, but above all it's about the power of food, specifically the art of preparing and eating noodles.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
It is often very amusing, although the ragged, free-wheeling structure tends to blunt Itami's somewhat obvious thesis, that eating is more closely connected to sex than we would normally admit.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Tampopo is buoyantly free in form. It's as much an essay as it is a narrative -- always ready to digress into random gags and comic anecdotes.
Christopher Null
February 2, 2003
Dizzyingly hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
November 28, 2002
A fan favorite for college foreign film series.
| Original Score: 4/5
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
A diverting hour or so.
Full Review | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Director Itami has produced an engaging cinematic hybrid, brilliantly stir-frying Japanese food -- and other -- obsessions into cowboy themes.
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