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Bunraku Reviews

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Billy Tatum
We Got This Covered
February 11, 2013
Bunraku is everything from blatant ripoff to experimental cinema to a graphic novel gone wild with its bad acting and predictable ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 30, 2011
It should surprise no one that visually quirky, graphic-novelish, pulp-noir action flicks rarely come through the sausage machine intact.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 30, 2011
It's not difficult to see why this movie - which reportedly cost $25 million - has been looking for a release date since it was finished more than three years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 30, 2011
Extremely cool-looking in the manner of "Sin City,'' but clumsily staged, slackly acted and mind-numbingly dull...
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Andy Webster
New York Times
September 29, 2011
A potpourri of genres that ends up a morass of clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
September 29, 2011
"Bunraku" is so desensitizing with its hyper-stylized distractions and movie references it feels more mush-up than mash-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 29, 2011
One long, extensively choreographed fight sequence in which "mortal" blows are delivered so often, and with so little lasting impact, that a brawl just becomes a brawl becomes a brawl.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 29, 2011
You can tell the makers of "Bunraku'' were really excited about creating a cool, new movie world, because that's all the movie is: 118 minutes of effects, art-direction, and genres.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
September 29, 2011
Bunraku's premise involves a level of fanboy wankery that makes Sucker Punch look restrained.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
September 27, 2011
Bunraku is far from a cinematic leap forward, but for a couple of hours, it does make "one-dimensional" something other than a pejorative.
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
September 27, 2011
Bunraku aspires to be Kill Bill: Vol 3; it's more like an ornate pitch for a Dick Tracy reboot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
September 25, 2011
A mega mash-up in the vein of Sucker Punch, Bunraku jumbles together elements with a self-consciousness that's as turgid as its story proper.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Brian Orndorf
September 15, 2011
An overstylized, overwritten, overinflated jumble that doesn't have a clue when to quit. It's definitely colorful and eager to please, but a little of this convoluted mess goes a long way.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
September 13, 2011
Midnight movie fans as well as graphic artists will appreciate the style of the picture, if not the substance... mainly because there's not much substance to be found at all.
Matt Singer
September 5, 2011
What do Hartnett and Geckt want with Perlman? Mostly, I think, they're just looking for excuses to get into elaborate kung fu fights.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 23, 2010
Moshe, who wrote and directed, creates a boldly Expressionistic alternate reality to background this heavy-on-the-action story, but neglects narrative and character beyond the most basic strokes.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 21, 2010
Completely pointless and utterly unwatchable...
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
September 14, 2010
A fun action flick distinguished by the stunning visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 7
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Dennis Harvey
September 14, 2010
It's a pic that's akin to a terrarium of plastic flowers -- gaudily decorative, but airless and lifeless.
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Dave McGinn
Globe and Mail
September 14, 2010
With great chemistry between Hartnett and Gackt, and incredible visuals, the ambitions of director Guy Moshe's sophomore feature more than make up for what it lacks in substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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