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Air Doll (Kūki ningyō) Reviews

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Keir Roper-Caldbeck
The Skinny
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
John Esther
UR Chicago Magazine
December 28, 2010
Far smarter than 'Lars and the Real Girl'
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
July 15, 2010
Air Doll wears that compassion on its sleeve a little too earnestly and humorlessly. Even an airhead could see that.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
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.'
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 18, 2010
A charming, richly textured fable that touches on fundamental questions of existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
June 14, 2010
A blow-up sex doll develops a soul and discovers a world
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
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
Fernando F. Croce
House Next Door
May 17, 2010
A sex-toy Pinocchio? Offenbach's Olympia as an inflatable courtesan? If only.
Nick Schager
House Next Door
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.
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
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
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
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
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
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
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
May 16, 2009
This follow-up, despite having been in the works for years, feels a tad rushed.
Dan Fainaru
Screen International
May 15, 2009
Although the bill may be too ambitious and Kore-eda's approach too diffused, Air Doll does offer food for thought.
Damon Wise
Empire Magazine
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.
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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
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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