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Cure Reviews

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October 17, 2011
It's unsatisfying as a story precisely because it aspires to create a mounting sense of dread by enlarging questions rather than answering them.
September 5, 2009
Fragmented identity becomes the ultimate horror
March 26, 2009
Tone and atmosphere mirror subject to perfection in Kiyoshi Kurosawa's hypnotic trip into the lower depths of the human mind.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
It's well enough acted and directed to advance Kurosawa's claim to be taken as an important new voice in Japanese cinema.
December 6, 2005
There is no clear-cut conclusion. The film is not wrapped up in a nice neat little package. Kurosawa shows us a glimpse into this strange world and then pulls away, leaving us to figure out the answers, answers that may never come.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 3, 2005
The single best horror film I've seen this century.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 31, 2005
...what is this, an episode of The Flintstones?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 28, 2004
The approach is not an especially deep one, and in Cure it's given more deliberation than it can bear.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/5
June 6, 2004
Though there's a memorable final confrontation in the protagonist's mind, and a heck of a closing, most of the film's second half isn't nearly moody enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 13, 2004
Kurosawa definitely has a strong visual style and a knack for spinning engrossing, if not bizarre, stories that cross the genre divide.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 21, 2004
An effective piece of shock cinema.
| Original Score: 3/4
December 8, 2002
A movie to get lost in.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 14, 2002
The scenes of utter nonsense (and there are many) are outweighed by those of genius, making Cure a relative standout in this budding genre.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
September 6, 2002
A dark and diverting urban psychologial thriller that is well-acted and staged but goes down an unconvincing metaphysical road in its conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 7, 2002
A fascinating cinematic exercise which woozily suggests the fragile underpinnings of modern rational life by craftily employing genre conventions in unexpected ways.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 6, 2002
Tough to shake even when it feels more like an exercise than a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 7, 2002
An existentialist serial killer film that plays like what Cohen's God Told Me To might look like were it written and directed by "Beat" Takeshi.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 3, 2002
Another strong vehicle for Japan's top male star, Koji Yakusho.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 3, 2002
A fascinating artifact as well as a most engrossing thriller.
December 7, 2001
Don't expect the meticulously honed story of Seven or an evening of pretzel-raveling a la Memento. But if you've had a particularly stressful workweek, it'll make you question whether the stress was worth it.
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