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Dolls Reviews

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 23, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
December 7, 2004
Dolls risks the bank on symbology as gaudy as teen anime and as heavy as a stone temple.
Jules Brenner
March 19, 2005
pretentious and as hollow as the puppets
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
September 6, 2004
Kitano is great at examining and breaking down cultural and sexual boundaries, but Dolls merely plays out like a work of hegemonic reinforcement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kim Linekin
May 21, 2003
An irrelevant gangster subplot and endlessly repeated shots cloud the fine film Kitano could've achieved if he'd let someone else edit it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jamie Russell
May 21, 2003
While Kitano obviously believes his subject matter is deeply moving, the result is a film of stunted emotional development.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
December 13, 2004
A really slow story of love and redemption.
| Original Score: 6/10
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
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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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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.
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
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
October 28, 2003
Has all the colour, delicacy, and detached fragility of a china doll
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 23, 2005
Kitsch art.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 8, 2004
Love and faith, Takeshi Kitano suggests in his lyrical and typically original film, can coexist with impossibility and loss.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Gene Seymour
December 9, 2004
Kitano always delivers movies that, however mixed in quality, make you stare at them intently. And almost always, you feel as though the movies are staring right back at you.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 10, 2004
Takeshi Kitano's melancholy allegory is a meditation on the heavy ties that bind, of which love is merely one and not necessarily the strongest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 13, 2004
Studied and stately, and restrained to the point of stasis, Dolls isn't for everyone. But it will provide loyal fans of Kitano, and Japanese art, a decided pleasure.
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