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Dolls Reviews

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September 23, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 7, 2004
Dolls risks the bank on symbology as gaudy as teen anime and as heavy as a stone temple.
March 19, 2005
pretentious and as hollow as the puppets
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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.
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
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
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
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
December 13, 2004
A really slow story of love and redemption.
| Original Score: 6/10
January 14, 2005
Since Dolls is told in a somnambulist manner, the stories become languid and staid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 17, 2017
Kitano's sensibilities as a blackly-comic director serve the film well
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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.
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
October 28, 2003
Has all the colour, delicacy, and detached fragility of a china doll
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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.
May 23, 2005
Kitsch art.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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+
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
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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