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Bunraku Reviews

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New York Times
January 7, 2012
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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.
| 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
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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.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
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