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Bright Future Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 17, 2009
Kurosawa's weird look at the empty lives of modern youth is mysteriously eye-catching but nothing deeper.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
November 21, 2007
no less enigmatic, broad-reaching and majestically paced than a jellyfish.
Christopher Null
March 8, 2005
a genre that's starting to get overplayed
| Original Score: 3/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
January 28, 2005
Gradually establishes a sense of foreboding that is hard to shake, though it's not without its darkly humorous moments.
| Original Score: 3/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
January 27, 2005
Kurosawa's mysterious film about Japan's disaffected and alienated youth.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
January 27, 2005
No stranger to the bizarro social metaphor, [Kurosawa] somehow paints the film's title as honestly optimistic, winkingly ironic, and completely doom-laden at the same time.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 14, 2005
The movie has a curious and cumulative power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

E! Online
December 10, 2004
It's a haunting, spooky journey into a world that embraces trippy ambiguity.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 17, 2004
The most spellbinding aspect of Bright Future is that the surrealism sustains its own squiddish logic, concluding with one of the most breathtaking film finales of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ken Fox
TV Guide
November 12, 2004
More high -- but strangely touching -- weirdness from acclaimed Japanese auteur Kiyoshi Kurosawa.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Robert Dominguez
New York Daily News
November 12, 2004
Pretty to look at, but it's a slow-moving, meandering work that isn't as complex or mysterious as it appears.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
November 12, 2004 enchantingly cryptic, ethereally photographed slice of somber surrealism that should definitely appeal to fans of David Lynch and Luis Bu˝uel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 11, 2004
Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, a prolific and sui generis talent from Japan, this quietly creepy film contains a hint of politics and a wealth of shivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Rooney
November 11, 2004
The writer-director's story sense is far too distracted, clouding the film's themes and even its basic plotline and allowing only the most glancing insights into its characters.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
November 9, 2004
Bright Future can be off-putting -- neither of the two protagonists attempt to engage the camera, and more woe is expended on mourning Mamoru than considering his victims.
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 27, 2004
That the film succeeds on the level of a thriller as well as of a philosophical reflection is a proof of Kurosawa as perhaps the best Japanese filmmaker of his generation.
Jason Anderson
January 31, 2004
Though admirers of the director's eerie, elegant horror tales Pulse and Cure will find Bright Future rather more lugubrious, Kurosawa's latest turns out to have a surprising emotional pull and a truly transcendent final shot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
January 30, 2004
Kurosawa strains to find a parallel between jellyfish and his characters' disaffections.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
October 20, 2003
A remarkable companion piece to Gus Van Sant's similarly haunted, lyrical, allegorical Elephant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
May 21, 2003
Yet another film about disaffected, aimless Asian youth.
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