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Dolls Reviews

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January 17, 2017
Kitano's sensibilities as a blackly-comic director serve the film well
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 7, 2012
There's a clinical stillness to the way Kitano suggests the inevitability of loss, his always-arresting visuals and the disembodied, ambient soundtrack framing the characters at a quizzical distance.
| Original Score: 3/5
November 8, 2007
The stories have a fateful, lonely feel, like one of Wong Kar-wai's missed connections. Yet their tragic timelessness, and the lovely, aching pace at which they are told, bring them to a level of extraordinary beauty.
June 21, 2007
A tripy, fascinating film mixing puppeteering with live action.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 28, 2005
...this anthology of tragic tales is never dull and always a feast for the eyes.
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May 23, 2005
Kitsch art.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 19, 2005
pretentious and as hollow as the puppets
| Original Score: 1.5/5
March 11, 2005
The cinematography is colorful and sweeping, the editing and storytelling simple and pure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 6, 2005
There aren't many movies more visually beautiful than Takeshi Kitano's odd but moving "Dolls."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 11, 2005
It's all as passionate, refined, and insistently sad as Bunraku puppetry itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 4, 2005
Dolls isn't a film for everybody, especially the impatient, but Kitano does succeed, I think, in drawing us into his tempo and his world, and slowing us down into the sadness of his characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 3, 2005
A work both rigorously stylized and deeply personal.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 21, 2005
Devoted fans of Kitano will want to see Dolls. Others may be put off by the dirgelike pace (Kitano takes full credit for the editing) and a ghastly, mood-destroying pop-music number performed by Fukada.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 21, 2005
Fascinating bits of behavior are scattered throughout these stories, but it cannot be said that the characters are fleshed out beyond their sentimental symbolism.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 20, 2005
The movie's pace is appropriate to its mood, which is crisp, melancholy and gently cruel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 20, 2005
Though Kitano has called Dolls 'a puppet show with human characters,' there's nothing stiff or unreal about its intensity of feeling.
January 20, 2005
If occasional pretentious doodling like this is what it takes to keep Kitano's copious creative juices flowing, so be it. The Great Ones are allowed the occasional snoozer.
January 14, 2005
Since Dolls is told in a somnambulist manner, the stories become languid and staid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 7, 2005
Kitano succeeds on the strength of his images, but it's a very near thing.
December 26, 2004
Weighed down by heavy-handed sentiment and largely free of [Kitano's] trademark dark humor, Dolls is still a compelling work from a genuine talent.
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