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Caterpillar Reviews

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
February 9, 2013
This Caterpillar creeps under your skin and stays there.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
August 19, 2011
Caterpillar is brilliant but tough to look at; Wakamatsu isn't pulling any punches as he delivers his message. It's the Feel-Bad Movie of the Week, really.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mike Hale
New York Times
May 6, 2011
The husband may look like a caterpillar, but it's the wife who goes through a transformation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 6, 2011
"Caterpillar" is difficult to watch. But it's directed, acted and photographed well, and it's worth seeing even if it makes you uncomfortable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
May 6, 2011
Blends a B-movie aesthetic, brilliant use of montage and documentary elements and a scathing critique of nationalism and militarism.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 3, 2011
Might be read as a reaction to hawkish nationalism, but it's more a cry for the unknown soldier in the kitchen and bedroom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Eric Hynes
Village Voice
May 3, 2011
Legendary Japanese softcore auteur Kji Wakamatsu channels Samuel Fuller for a twisted domestic-drama-cum-psychosexual-evisceration of Japan's fascist past.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
April 29, 2011
Aesthetically, emotionally, and intellectually crude, Koji Wakamatsu's brutally effective Caterpillar finds the director making obvious points about Japanese nationalism/militarism and less obvious ones about the sexual dynamic of marriage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Harvey S. Karten
April 19, 2011
An astonishing performance by Shinobu Terajima anchors this indictment of right-wing Japanese nationalism of the 1940s.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 20, 2010
This film is as searing as any Western narrative or nonfiction on post-hostilities trauma.
Vadim Rizov
Boxoffice Magazine
May 13, 2011
Essentially a sexually charged two-hander with blunt allegorical implications, Kji Wakamatsu's one-note follow-up to United Red Army is a disappointing affair, visually indifferent and thematically simplistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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