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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
Fernando F. Croce
September 5, 2009
Fragmented identity becomes the ultimate horror
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David Rooney
March 26, 2009
Tone and atmosphere mirror subject to perfection in Kiyoshi Kurosawa's hypnotic trip into the lower depths of the human mind.
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Time Out
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.

Film Threat
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
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
The single best horror film I've seen this century.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 31, 2005
...what is this, an episode of The Flintstones?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jake Euker
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
Jeremy Heilman
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
Spence D.
IGN Movies
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
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
January 21, 2004
An effective piece of shock cinema.
| Original Score: 3/4
Ross Williams
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
A movie to get lost in.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Null
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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-
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
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+
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 6, 2002
Tough to shake even when it feels more like an exercise than a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
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
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2002
Another strong vehicle for Japan's top male star, Koji Yakusho.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 3, 2002
A fascinating artifact as well as a most engrossing thriller.
Kevin John Bozelka
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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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