In one sense the plot involves returning stolen goods to a thief, but Tokyo Godfathers is really about longing -- for family, for children, for parents and for the lost past.
A likeably larky Yuletide yarn.
| Original Score: 3/5
Tokyo Godfathers becomes a clever and well-written parody of Christ's nativity.
No amount of shoehorned-in razzle-dazzle can keep this forced fable from feeling like a shadow of Kon's early work.
Japanese animator Satoshi Kon has a striking sense of composition, but I'm more impressed by his storytelling skills.
Takes anime to a whole new level.
The score grates in places but the script hits the mark, with the potty-mouthed vagrants certain to be a hit with older children.
Depois do brilhante Millenium Actress, Kon conta uma história bem mais simples, mas igualmente tocante e mágica, brindando o público com uma belíssima animação de tirar o fôlego.
| Original Score: 5/5
It's a modern-day fable with a big heart...
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A delightfully rambunctious holiday fable about the vital importance of family.
| Original Score: B+
The film mixes genuinely dramatic scenes with exaggerated comic bits.
Miracles, redemptions and reconciliations happen in the snow-covered Tokyo night.
| Original Score: C+
A sweet little melodrama of deep, personal wounds being treated by dashes of holiday miracles, and it's enough to bring a smile to one's face.
| Original Score: 7/10
this is a movie about Tokyo as much as it's a movie about three friends and a baby.
The greatest danger for Tokyo Godfathers is that it's read as drama when, in fact, it's a gentle, often delightful, slapstick comedy.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Tugs at the heart more than it warms it...a lovely-looking film, but hardly the emotional powerhouse some are suggesting.
Kon provides a gritty depiction of Tokyo street life, but balances it with a dose of fantasy (it is Christmas, after all) and comically exaggerated characters.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Does have a few things going for it, including some effectively dramatic plot points, as well as some unexpected twists.
One of the most moving, enjoyable and wholly unconventional Christmas stories to come along in a long time.
A convincing salute to family but, more distinctively, it's also a salute to the real-life difficulty of keeping one together.