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Gozu Reviews

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 6, 2004
Starts off making almost no sense and becomes less and less logical the longer it plays.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Don Willmott
August 10, 2004
For Miike fans, Gozu is a go-see, but Miike newbies will get a better feel for his one-of-a-kind imagination from any of his other films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 10, 2004
I don't think this is quite the film with which to begin a Miike investigation.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Many times it's just a rambling and incoherent mess without a point in sight...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
August 16, 2004
Gozu has an occasional fever dream lucidity scene to scene, but the film's willfully weird parts also never coalesce into something grander.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 21, 2004
I don't object to the oddities that Miike's populated his film with; no, the reason Gozu fails is because it's a bore, plain and simple.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International
August 8, 2004
Featuring an incomprehensible plot and some of the grossest scenes in recent memory, Gozu is nothing if not original. Whether anyone will care is another matter entirely.
March 3, 2004
This movie blows. It's a spectacle, but that's all. Wait for the weekly rental, or spend your money on Takashi's infinitely better films Audition and Ichi The Killer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
May 29, 2004
Unlike Ichi the Killer and the considerably shorter Visitor Q, Gozu's random acts of hysteria don't seem to add up to anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide
July 30, 2004
The homoerotic twists and gender-shifting turns are fun, but they can't hide the fact that the film is little more than a tedious shaggy-dog story with oblique mythological references.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 5, 2004
There isn't much that Miike won't throw into his nightmare mix, yet the movie is almost prankish in its slack indulgence.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jordan Reed
Boxoffice Magazine
August 8, 2004
The overtly cerebral, surreal motifs of Gozu distract from Miike's potent -- and seriously twisted -- analyses of women and sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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David Chute
L.A. Weekly
August 12, 2004
The various disruptions Miike visits upon his stories, and upon his audience, serve mainly to focus attention on the manipulating intelligence behind the scenes. They're a fancy way of yelling, 'Look at me!'
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
August 29, 2004
A film that parlays the hoary clichés of the yakuza film into a stunningly surrealistic exercise in cinematic madness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
September 17, 2004
For Miike freaks only (and you know who you are). Everyone else: Stay far, far away.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
September 30, 2004
An undisciplined mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
July 30, 2004
Criminal and infernal underworlds merge in Miike's hilariously transgressive freakshow of love, death and rebirth.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Sarah Boslaugh
December 14, 2009
Gozu takes you on a very strange psychosexual journey, which is all the more disturbing because it takes place in completely ordinary surroundings...
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 17, 2004
I'm not sure what it really is about, but it's one hell of a ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 14, 2004
Cult director Miike crosses "Weekend at Bernie's" with "U-Turn" as if he arrived via David Lynch's "Lost Highway" to come up with his latest bit of boundary-bashing
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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