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Air Doll (Kūki ningyō) Reviews

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December 6, 2012
Hirokazu's meandering, diffuse storytelling leaves the film feeling even longer than its near two hour running time, and it becomes difficult not to hope for the appearance of sharp objects just to introduce an element of suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 28, 2010
Far smarter than 'Lars and the Real Girl'
July 15, 2010
Air Doll wears that compassion on its sleeve a little too earnestly and humorlessly. Even an airhead could see that.
July 13, 2010
Here's where I'm contractually obligated to refer to her performance as 'brave,' as that's trusty film-critic shorthand for 'naked a lot.'
June 30, 2010
What's most interesting about the story is not its apparent oddness, but the fact it maintains a sense of fairy tale magic even while it's set in a cold and seemingly hollow world.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 24, 2010
The film's poignant depiction of human loneliness is undercut by saccharine notes and a drifting tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 24, 2010
Air Doll goes on far too long and plays with so many different themes that it seems more like a doodle than a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 18, 2010
A charming, richly textured fable that touches on fundamental questions of existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 14, 2010
A blow-up sex doll develops a soul and discovers a world
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 3, 2010
The movie is a fable etched in comedy, sadness, and mild existential philosophy. Yes, the object of Kore-eda's fairy tale is a life-size sex toy, but it's the size and emotional shading of the toy's new life that interests him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 2, 2010
Kind of like what Wim Wenders did in Wings of Desire, but here it's all hot air.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 17, 2010
A sex-toy Pinocchio? Offenbach's Olympia as an inflatable courtesan? If only.
May 17, 2010
The writer-director's interest in desire and longing is habitually channeled through quirky-quick brushstrokes that reduce the already borderline-pretentious proceedings into full-blown treacle.
February 21, 2010
Although most of the movie is fantastical and wonderfully perceptive, it's nevertheless deflating to see Nozomi become a latex version of Eleanor Rigby.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 23, 2009
Frustratingly shallow, refusing to be about anything in particular. No, that's a lie: it's about a great many things, and it is horribly superficial about every one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
October 7, 2009
Plays like a middling installment of some softballed international portmanteau like Paris, je t'aime, but maddeningly inflated to at least ten times the recommended scale.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 16, 2009
This follow-up, despite having been in the works for years, feels a tad rushed.
May 15, 2009
Although the bill may be too ambitious and Kore-eda's approach too diffused, Air Doll does offer food for thought.
May 15, 2009
Air Doll looks beautiful, and even though it bordered heavily on pretension, I went with it and was happy to give Kore-Eda the benefit of the doubt.
May 15, 2009
The urban fairytale about an inflatable sex doll come to life gradually unfurls as an achingly beautiful meditation on loneliness and longing in the city.
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