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Dolls Reviews

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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.
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
A tripy, fascinating film mixing puppeteering with live action.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
May 28, 2005
...this anthology of tragic tales is never dull and always a feast for the eyes.
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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 23, 2005
Kitsch art.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jules Brenner
March 19, 2005
pretentious and as hollow as the puppets
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
March 11, 2005
The cinematography is colorful and sweeping, the editing and storytelling simple and pure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marcy Dermansky
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
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 11, 2005
It's all as passionate, refined, and insistently sad as Bunraku puppetry itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
February 3, 2005
A work both rigorously stylized and deeply personal.
| Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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.
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
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.
Kevin Courrier
Boxoffice Magazine
January 14, 2005
Since Dolls is told in a somnambulist manner, the stories become languid and staid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Shawn Levy
January 7, 2005
Kitano succeeds on the strength of his images, but it's a very near thing.
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
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.
Timothy Knight
December 22, 2004
Probably one of the most unusual testaments to love's enduring power in recent memory.
| Original Score: 3/4
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