Confessions (Kokuhaku) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Confessions (Kokuhaku) Reviews

Page 1 of 1
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
"Confessions" was a bona fide cultural phenomenon that sent shockwaves through Japan's collective conscience before the tragic earthquakes and tsunami drove people further into soul-searching.
Philip French
Guardian
February 22, 2011
A difficult film to like, an impossible one not to grudgingly admire.
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
February 18, 2011
You'll need caffeine on an IV drip to survive it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
February 18, 2011
A confusing and rather daft Japanese mystery/horror yarn...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
February 17, 2011
I have to say that, despite its effective opening premise and some interestingly spacey mood-alterations and tonal shifts, I found it overcooked and overwrought, and sometimes quite implausible...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
February 17, 2011
The incredible first act boasts more horror, surprise and intrigue than most fully-formed features, and though the subsequent hour never feels as concise or gathered, this is a potent, almost unbearably visceral slice of confronting cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Virginie SÚlavy
Electric Sheep
February 17, 2011
Nakashima's most accomplished film to date.
Dominic Radcliffe
Little White Lies
February 17, 2011
An engaging and undeniably interesting slant on the source of vendetta and the psychology behind violence and cruelty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
February 17, 2011
An audacious exhibition of cinematic ingenuity and control.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
February 16, 2011
Impressively directed and beautifully shot, this is a superbly written thriller with strong performances and a terrific soundtrack, though the relentless barrage of twists and turns is ultimately both confusing and overwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
February 16, 2011
'Confessions' may be too grimly cynical to convince fully, but its combination of visual excess, dark wit, random violence, psychological insight and raw emotional intensity is intoxicating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
February 14, 2011
A typically edgy Japanese schoolyard horror, with some serious - and uncomfortable - things to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
February 14, 2011
While it might turn off awards voters, its strange, icy beauty will win it a fair few fans among the black-nail-polish mob.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
January 31, 2011
Despite the intensity of the first-act monologue, Nakashima's hypnotic, slo-mo style keeps tension and humour well short of the bad-taste extremity that Takashi Miike might have delivered.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 17, 2011
As its title implies, the film is a series of confessions by those involved on both sides of the senseless death ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Anton Bitel
Sight and Sound
November 3, 2010
Offsetting the shrillness of its melodrama with the sedateness of it pace, Confessions is a bombastic, almost operatic affair that masks its Heathers-like satire behind an entirely straight face - until, that is, its final punchline.
Top Critic
Ronnie Scheib
Variety
February 23, 2012
Top Critic

Hollywood Reporter
August 17, 2010
Page 1 of 1