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Tatsumi Reviews

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Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail
January 25, 2013
Western viewers might liken it to Disney meets The Dark Knight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
January 24, 2013
Singaporean director Eric Khoo's stylishly impressive homage to the mangaka, converting his memoir, A Drifting Life, into a cinematic work employing animation that is true to Tatsumi's original work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Simon Foster
June 5, 2012
The overall impact is one of the art reflecting upon the artist, of characters chronicling the formation and maturation of their creator.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
April 4, 2012
It's potent stuff, delving into pornography, incest, murder and mutilation in the company of alienated men and unhappy, sometimes cruel women.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
April 3, 2012
If the structure sometimes disrupts the story of his life, the strong lines and melancholy sensibility of the illustration form an anchor that keep the power of Tatsumi's work firmly in view.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
February 10, 2012
This Japanese language manga movie is a stunning tribute to the skills, life and short stories of Yoshihiro Tatsumi.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
January 19, 2012
Engaging, entertaining and beautifully animated, Tatsumi is a treat for fans and is likely to make converts of newcomers, though it's more successful as a showcase for his stories than as a documentary or biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
January 15, 2012
The film artfully combines, though sometimes rather confusingly, scenes from Tatsumi's life story as told in his graphic autobiography...
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 13, 2012
[A]n animated Japanese-language ode to legendary gekiga artist Yoshiro Tatsumi... [A] provocative back-and-forth on the development of a creative mind and the stories that have sprung from it...
Mark Stafford
Electric Sheep
January 13, 2012
Highly recommended for the graphically inclined, worthwhile viewing for the curious, now check out the books.

Empire Magazine
January 13, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
January 12, 2012
The slightly slushy tone of celebration rather obtusely fails to engage with the nihilist, pessimist nature of Tatsumi's work. Anyway, an intriguing event.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
January 12, 2012
It is loose in shape, but alluring in style and storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 10, 2012
If Khoo's film doesn't amount to more than its parts, more often than not those parts are vivid and arresting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Hughes
Empire Magazine
January 9, 2012
A eye-popping visual treat and a journey into the creative spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
January 4, 2012
A touching tribute interweaves with tough storytelling in Eric Khoo's poignant portmanteau riff on Japanese graphic artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi's works.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 13, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Leslie Felperin
February 23, 2012
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