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Solntse (The Sun) Reviews

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
November 18, 2009
Boasts stylish cinematography and a well-nuanced, gentle performance by Issey Ogata, but it often drags and fails to be truly captivating and engrossing as a character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.65/10
Michael Ferraro
Film Threat
March 24, 2006
It's an outrageously long-winded drama that's awfully directed with the skill of a high school play.
| Original Score: 1.5/5

Boxoffice Magazine
December 25, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Sam Adams
AV Club
November 19, 2009
The Sun took four years to reach American theaters, but the long delay hasn't diminished the force of Sokurov's experimentation.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 6, 2010
Sokurov takes a few steps back and observes Hirohito and MacArthur with something like amused equanimity.
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
October 12, 2005
Sokurov and screenwriter Yuri Arabov aren't trying to recreate history as much as humanize Hirohito through surreal demystification... one of the best films of the year.
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
November 1, 2005
The Sun accomplishes the greatest feat that any historical film can: to leave the viewer more confused and uncertain about her knowledge than she was before the film began.
Anton Bitel
June 15, 2007
Finely observed, exquisitely shot and immaculately performed, The Sun portrays a tormented leader redeemed by his own adaptability.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 7, 2009
Finds beauty, madness and outright bizarreness in the sight of a lost, slightly freakish man attempting to understand his altering reality.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Eric D. Snider
March 7, 2006
By the end, just like the emperor is metaphorically, we're in a literal state of twilight, unable to see what lies ahead.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 19, 2009
First shown at the Berlin Film Festival four years ago, The Sun is finally receiving its welcome American theatrical release, which means that one of the best movies of 2005 is now also one of the best of 2009.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
Mark R. Leeper
June 8, 2006
The film is slow, claustrophobic, and dark in many senses, but is highly provocative. THE SUN is reminiscent of THE LAST EMPEROR, and is actually more intelligent.
Full Review| Original Score: 8/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 4, 2006
Since this is a man more or less stripped of emotion, it's like watching a newborn fawn, violently ripped from its safety and learning its way in the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 5, 2008
A grippingly disturbing film that presents a new perspective on the Emperor than the usual one ladled out in most American school history courses.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 7, 2010
...Aleksandr Sokurov films the first half of his movie as if underwater, a sinking ship as it were, with slightly tilted angles, the sound of groaning metal, and staircases spiraling down to an underground bunker.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 17, 2010
...a fine historical biography of man, little known to most of the world, but one who held the Pacific Rim and China in his hands (and almost won it) nearly 70 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Sean Axmaker
June 10, 2010
... not a conventional biographical portrait by any definition, but rather a reflection in the inner life of the Emperor, a man who was considered a god by his people and treated as such.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
February 10, 2006
While The Sun staunchly refuses to pass judgement on a figure considered by many to be a war criminal, it does essay a vivid portrait of the utter experiential vacuum that attends the stupefyingly powerful: the Emperor has no clue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
November 17, 2009
Though he successfully humanizes Hirohito, who is shown happily shedding his divinity, Sokurov doesn't entirely exonerate him.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 1, 2010
Working from Yuri Arabov and Jeremy Noble's script, Sokurov has a wonderful time not simply with Hirohito and history, but with his filmmaking, which can be oblique to the point of being stultifying. Here he plays with scale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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