Dolls Reviews

December 14, 2017
Perhaps the best advice is, stop worrying about meaning. Sit back, enjoy its rich design, costumes, landscape and colours.
March 11, 2005
The cinematography is colorful and sweeping, the editing and storytelling simple and pure.
February 11, 2005
It's all as passionate, refined, and insistently sad as Bunraku puppetry itself.
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.
February 3, 2005
A work both rigorously stylized and deeply personal.
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.
January 20, 2005
The movie's pace is appropriate to its mood, which is crisp, melancholy and gently cruel.
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.
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.
December 10, 2004
Rife with beautiful imagery and loads of symbolism, though none of the stories is particularly compelling on its own.
December 10, 2004
Lush and poetic, Dolls proves once again that Kitano is one of the world's most original filmmakers.
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.
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.
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.
December 8, 2004
Love and faith, Takeshi Kitano suggests in his lyrical and typically original film, can coexist with impossibility and loss.
December 7, 2004
Dolls risks the bank on symbology as gaudy as teen anime and as heavy as a stone temple.
May 21, 2003
While Kitano obviously believes his subject matter is deeply moving, the result is a film of stunted emotional development.