Warm Water Under a Red Bridge Reviews

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Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
October 31, 2006
This romantic fable, starring again the Eel's central couple, with strong meythical and sexual overtones, represents one of the Japanese master's lightest films.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
July 21, 2004
A sweet and enthusiastic embrace of our biology and chemistry, and a delicious and salacious celebration of sexuality and individuality.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
Dan Jardine
June 27, 2004
Imamura's embrace of the cental characters' peculiar habits, predilections and appetites is his delicious and salacious way of celebrating their sexuality and individuality.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
June 24, 2003
Warm Water Under a Red Bridge is a quirky and poignant Japanese film that explores the fascinating connections between women, water, nature, and sexuality.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 16, 2003
Imamura's ability to tell a story is something to behold, even in this impossible one.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Marta Barber
Miami Herald
October 25, 2002
There's much tongue in cheek in the film and there's no doubt the filmmaker is having fun with it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 27, 2002
Seeing it as a Westerner is an enlightening, even liberating, experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 26, 2002
Like its bizarre heroine, it irrigates our souls.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
September 6, 2002
A charming, quirky and leisurely paced Scottish comedy -- except with an outrageous central gimmick that could have been a reject from Monty Python's Meaning of Life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
July 23, 2002
From blushing to gushing---Imamura squirts the screen in 'Warm Water Under a Red Bridge'
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
July 19, 2002
Yes, Warm Water is a shaggy-dog story, but one with a real heart beating beneath the sniggering.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andy Klein
New Times
July 18, 2002
Richly entertaining and suggestive of any number of metaphorical readings.
Top Critic
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 18, 2002
Imamura has said that Warm Water Under a Red Bridge is a poem to the enduring strengths of women. It may also be the best sex comedy about environmental pollution ever made.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 9, 2002
I suspect many viewers will be disoriented and put off by Warm Water Under a Red Bridge, but if you let go and enjoy the ride, you'll find a sly comedy and a clever poem that's worth cherishing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
July 5, 2002
Japanese director Shohei Imamura's latest film is an odd but ultimately satisfying blend of the sophomoric and the sublime.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Janice Page
Boston Globe
June 28, 2002
A deep and meaningful film.
| Original Score: 3/4
Pam Grady
June 15, 2002
A comedy that is warm, inviting, and surprising.
| Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 11, 2002
It's an often-cute film but either needs more substance to fill the time or some judicious editing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 2, 2002
Veteran director Imamura combines fish out of water stories with a weird metaphor for female sexuality in this sweetly quirky film which never quite gels
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Alexander Walker
This is London
December 15, 2003

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 9, 2002
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2002
Jody Beth Rosen
May 24, 2002

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 14, 2002
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