The Happiness of the Katakuris - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Happiness of the Katakuris Reviews

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David Rooney
Variety
April 3, 2009
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 17, 2003
It's weirdly -- and often wonderfully -- entertaining.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
December 10, 2002
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Patrick Z. McGavin
Chicago Tribune
December 5, 2002
By the second hour, Miike's story fails to punctuate its powerful setup, and the work, much like the family itself, ends up a tangled mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
November 27, 2002
There are so many moments in Happiness of the Katakuris that beg us to walk out on the movie, it's hard to pick just one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
October 25, 2002
A kind of strange, existentialist comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly
October 25, 2002
An amusing scenario, until even Miike seems to lose his taste for the oddly sweet concoction and allows the film to drift aimlessly to a rainbow-hued finale.
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
October 25, 2002
It's a ball when it works, which is why fans of Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark, Francois Ozon's 8 Women, and other darkly inspired, genre-bending musical fusions must introduce themselves to the Katakuris.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 17, 2002
None of this is nearly as hilarious as surely it was meant to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
August 15, 2002
A sour camp musical that trots out most of the standard signifiers of 'outrageousness.'
| Original Score: 1/5
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Mike D'Angelo
Time Out
August 12, 2002
Aggressively uneven and frequently humdrum, it also reaches cheerfully ludicrous heights to which few films even aspire.
Full Review | Original Score: 65/100