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Dolls Reviews

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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
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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
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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.
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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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Robert Dominguez
New York Daily News
December 10, 2004
Rife with beautiful imagery and loads of symbolism, though none of the stories is particularly compelling on its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
December 10, 2004
Lush and poetic, Dolls proves once again that Kitano is one of the world's most original filmmakers.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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Gene Seymour
Newsday
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Rooney
Variety
December 9, 2004
While the drama's emotional observations could have been brought together more cohesively, its sorrowful mood resonates beyond the end credits, allowing key themes to continue to gel.
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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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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.