Outrage Reviews

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December 8, 2011
Kitano leaves it up to us to connect the dots. Unfortunately, he seems to get bored before he's done, and so do we.
December 6, 2011
A masterpiece of denied expectations - every act of vengeance happens too late to satisfy but just in time to spark more.
December 5, 2011
If a bracing brew of criminal connivance and exquisite bloodletting is to your liking, Takeshi certainly provides it.
Top Critic
December 2, 2011
The longer Outrage goes on, the more distance it gets from its core themes about the moral chaos of gangsterism. It becomes a film about cool killings, which may satisfy the bloodlust of some Kitano fans but hardly amounts to a return to form.
December 2, 2011
Unfortunately the film itself feels a little punch drunk, particularly as the feuds escalate. Who's trying to knock off whom? It's hard to keep track...
December 2, 2011
The editing (by Kitano) and lensing are stylish and guaranteed to keep viewers hooked through the final rubout.
December 1, 2011
So low-key and offhanded in its mastery that it becomes something like a pulp sleight-of-hand trick.
December 1, 2011
Mr. Kitano's immaculate compositions and eccentric flourishes are part of the film's sustained, muted pleasures and are often in service to some underlying meaning.
December 1, 2011
Because of Kitano's assured handling of the material, he turns those broad strokes into a tense portrait of power-hungry men with insatiable appetites and the incapacity to shut up about it.
December 1, 2011
[Kitano] directs with such wicked confidence and so many gleefully extreme flourishes...
December 1, 2011
[Takeshi's] sense of style is very much in evidence here, and so is his sense of humor.
December 1, 2011
Slow and sizzling with occasional stabs of blood red violence, Outrage is a solid entertainment.
December 1, 2011
An exercise in aloofness for Takeshi Kitano, but a feature created with an amazing command of mood and chilling acts of revenge. He's one hilarious, shrewd performer, but perhaps he's at his best with a gun in his hand.
December 1, 2011
Compared to the dramatic riches Kitano used to find amid the bloodletting, Outrage's feels pretty paltry.
November 29, 2011
The movie too often resembles a repetitive cycle of tough guys shouting, shooting and shuffling off this mortal coil.
November 29, 2011
Like one of its yakuza bigs, Outrage commands respect but no affection.
November 29, 2011
Takeshi Kitano has always been a rule-breaker so it's no surprise that Outrage, his latest gangster film, should foil expectations.
November 28, 2011
Once sacred values like honor and brotherhood have no place here, and old practices, like ritual finger amputation as a form of apology, are turned into a running joke.
October 18, 2011
To me there's no better praise you can give to a crime film -- when a hood gets his comeuppance you don't feel thrilled but bummed out.
October 18, 2011
The results are so visually stunning, why quibble?
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