Tokyo Godfathers Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 9, 2013
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.

Total Film
December 9, 2013
A likeably larky Yuletide yarn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Keith La Croix
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
December 9, 2013
Tokyo Godfathers becomes a clever and well-written parody of Christ's nativity.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 17, 2012
Japanese animator Satoshi Kon has a striking sense of composition, but I'm more impressed by his storytelling skills.
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Ken Eisner
September 7, 2008
Takes anime to a whole new level.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
The score grates in places but the script hits the mark, with the potty-mouthed vagrants certain to be a hit with older children.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
April 3, 2006
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
D.W. Smith
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
It's a modern-day fable with a big heart...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
A delightfully rambunctious holiday fable about the vital importance of family.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
March 5, 2005
The film mixes genuinely dramatic scenes with exaggerated comic bits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 3, 2005
Miracles, redemptions and reconciliations happen in the snow-covered Tokyo night.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
November 6, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Don Willmott
August 10, 2004
this is a movie about Tokyo as much as it's a movie about three friends and a baby.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
May 10, 2004
The greatest danger for Tokyo Godfathers is that it's read as drama when, in fact, it's a gentle, often delightful, slapstick comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 26, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
March 26, 2004
Does have a few things going for it, including some effectively dramatic plot points, as well as some unexpected twists.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
March 25, 2004
One of the most moving, enjoyable and wholly unconventional Christmas stories to come along in a long time.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald
March 1, 2004
A convincing salute to family but, more distinctively, it's also a salute to the real-life difficulty of keeping one together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike Miliard
Boston Phoenix
March 1, 2004
It's an affecting, all too human drama that plays out against Ike Nobutaka's gorgeous art direction, where snow falls softly on the neon city, blanketing even decrepit dark corners in a sad beauty.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 27, 2004
Demonstrates an idiosyncratic human touch. Kon is unafraid of the unseemly and unsightly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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