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Guilty Of Romance Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
August 17, 2011
I'm starting to get the impression that Sion Sono is just really good at dressing up nonsense. An indisputably talented filmmaker and gut-churner, he knows how to make the audience putty in his hands. But to what end?
| Original Score: 2/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
September 30, 2011
A stylish but fatally unfocused piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Pete Vonder Haar
Village Voice
March 11, 2014
Mostly, Guilty of Romance seems content allowing characters to verbally abuse each other before eventually reaching the inevitable conclusion that life is a burden and all love is illusory.
Xan Brooks
September 29, 2011
One gets the sense the director has become so enamoured the details that he's lost sight of the destination..
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
September 30, 2011
The whole is about one-quarter as good as Bunuel's Belle de Jour, which its plot vaguely resembles.
| Original Score: 2/5
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
April 1, 2014
Kagurazaka throws all of herself into her performance. It's the key to selling the outsized emotions and making the over-the-top brutality work to its intended effect.
Michael Nordine
Slant Magazine
January 16, 2013
As bizarrely moralist as it is transgressive.
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Miriam Bale
New York Times
March 13, 2014
[A] sickening, lush mystery about two female corpses, each partly a severed human and partly a mannequin.
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 13, 2011
Sono's wicked sense of humour still runs throughout Guilty of Romance, but there are also literary references to Franz Kafka's The Castle, a murder that would not have been out of place in Se7en and a whole lot of sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Stafford
Electric Sheep
September 30, 2011
It's a film I primarily watched with my jaw in my lap wondering what the hell I was going to witness next.
Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine
March 10, 2014
Though it begins with the aesthetic and conceptual rigor of Blade Runner, it quickly veers toward the gratuitous outlandishness of a Bruce La Bruce film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Anton Bitel
September 28, 2011
Sono uses seemingly incompatible materials to construct a patchwork film as grotesquely hybrid as the corpses at its centre. It may be overlong and not a little bloated, but its sleaze both conceals and embodies moments of great sublimity.
Kam Williams
Baret News
March 19, 2014
A cautionary morality play offering a new take on the world's oldest profession.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Kemp
Total Film
September 21, 2011
Filmed in garish colours like an explosion in a paint factory, it's more style than content, but diverting all the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
January 23, 2013
| Original Score: B

Empire Magazine
September 26, 2011
More of a conversational set piece than anything else, it's more for people interested in the role of female sexuality in Japanese culture than your average moviegoer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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