The Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru (The Bad Sleep Well) Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
January 9, 2006
A freestyle homage to Hamlet that does away with the costumed faithfulness of Kurosawa's other Shakespeare adaptations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Milne
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Kurosawa rather loaded the film on the side of social significance, while neglecting to capitalise on the noir aspects that underlie it. Even so, his use of the 'scope screen is masterly.
Fran Hortop
Film4
June 22, 2004
It's still as visually striking as anything you will see by this director.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 24, 2006
There just seemed to be a missing ingredient to raise this intense psychological drama to the level of a Rashomon.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
December 29, 2005
A startlingly relevant 'social problem film' (shakai-mono)--of its time and our own--and an existential melodrama by way of Hamlet.
| Original Score: 4/4
Douglas Pratt
DVDLaser
June 19, 2008
t is almost an anti-thriller, but viewers who are willing to steep themselves in the intricacies of Japanese ceremonies and the banal details of evil will find the experience highly rewarding.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
March 18, 2006
Despite having been made more than 45 years ago and in a postwar Japanese setting, in the age of Enron, it may be more relevant than ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
A well-done thriller with Kurosawa's usual social overtones.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 10, 2005
This is a powerful and interesting picture that Kurosawa has made -- a bit tedious and mawkish in the last reels, but exciting enough along the way to satisfy audiences that know the subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 7, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Ed Park
Village Voice
June 19, 2008
Opening with a bravura wedding sequence and ending with a sycophantic bow to a replaced telephone receiver, the film has its longueurs, but Mifune's buttoned-down avenger is a compelling portrait of righteous obsession foundering on unpredictable reality.
Armond White
New York Press
January 20, 2010
The Bad Sleep Well's ground-breaking concept shows Kurosawa's uncompromised ambition.
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
April 27, 2010
A powerful tale of a son seeking to avenge his father in a world of corporate malfeasance with Hamlet-like dimensions.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 19, 2008
One of Kurosawa's finest achievements.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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