The Eel (Unagi) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Eel (Unagi) Reviews

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May 23, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 12, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
August 12, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 2, 2004
Imamura composed The Eel with an artist's eye and takes his time, so don't expect a fast-paced American-style film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 4, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
March 2, 2002
This excellent drama, based on a novel, reveals the beginning of a relationship between two souls who are trying to move beyond the wounds of the past.
February 28, 2002
[An] odd, affecting little film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 14, 2001
Unpredictable and captivating.
January 1, 2000
Yakusho and Ms. Shimizu deliver unerring performances in a splendid film that harvests hope from a bleak landscape.
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
An interesting film that works most effectively as an introspective study of how to deal with one's anger and love.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 1, 2000
A beautiful character study -- comedic scenes notwithstanding -- that ends on a hopeful note.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
This simple, sinuous fable may not be among Imamura's greatest films ... but it could hardly have been made by anyone else.
January 1, 2000
Effectively emotional, quiet, and leisurely paced.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
January 1, 2000
A flash of quiet brilliance that resonates long after the images have faded from the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
An oddly affecting and haunting film, thanks to the deliberate pacing and an appropriately enigmatic starring turn by actor Koji Yakusho.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
An alternately poignant and funny film which transcends the limitations of its seemingly ludicrous plot.
January 1, 2000
It sounds nuts, but one of the best movies in town is about the relationship of a man with his eel.
January 1, 2000
In a way, The Eel is very much like Black Rain, and nearly as great.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Just when it seems like 'The Eel' is going to settle into a standard love-conquers-fear tale, the writers begin coloring in the characters, revealing their secrets and insecurities. The results are sometimes shocking and sometimes funny...
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