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Two emotionally neglected 12-year-olds flee from a doomsday cult called Aum Shinrikyo.

Critic Reviews for Canary

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (2)

  • If the writer-director, Akihiko Shiota, sometimes strains too hard for mythic import, his patience is a gift. As Yuki watches a blind woman fashion an origami bird, the characters' connection to a simpler, collective past is evident in every perfect fold.

    July 25, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • It lacks the punch of Shiota's previous explorations of traumatized teen spirits, but the film still leaves bruises in all the right places.

    July 24, 2008 | Rating: 4/6
  • In Canary, the audience is encouraged to sit back and allow sleepily serene scenes of quiet isolation to limit their opinions to tranquil tsk-tsks.

    July 23, 2008 | Full Review…
  • I was counting off the minutes long before a silly "saved from the blessings of civilization" non-ending.

    July 23, 2008 | Full Review…
  • The Orient's relatively-eloquent answer to Eminem's 8-Mile and 50-Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin', replete with gangsta' rap on the soundtrack.

    July 25, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Gripping "road movie" featuring two remarkably well-developed 12 year old characters played consummately by two gifted child actors. Set against backdrop of infamous Tokyo subway sarin massacre cult.

    July 25, 2008 | Full Review…
  • If the writer-director, Akihiko Shiota, sometimes strains too hard for mythic import, his patience is a gift. As Yuki watches a blind woman fashion an origami bird, the characters' connection to a simpler, collective past is evident in every perfect fold.

    July 25, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • It lacks the punch of Shiota's previous explorations of traumatized teen spirits, but the film still leaves bruises in all the right places.

    July 24, 2008 | Rating: 4/6
  • In Canary, the audience is encouraged to sit back and allow sleepily serene scenes of quiet isolation to limit their opinions to tranquil tsk-tsks.

    July 23, 2008 | Full Review…
  • I was counting off the minutes long before a silly "saved from the blessings of civilization" non-ending.

    July 23, 2008 | Full Review…
  • The Orient's relatively-eloquent answer to Eminem's 8-Mile and 50-Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin', replete with gangsta' rap on the soundtrack.

    July 25, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Gripping "road movie" featuring two remarkably well-developed 12 year old characters played consummately by two gifted child actors. Set against backdrop of infamous Tokyo subway sarin massacre cult.

    July 25, 2008 | Full Review…

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