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

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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.
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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.
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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
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
A well-done thriller with Kurosawa's usual social overtones.