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Himizu Reviews

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Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
April 1, 2014
Despite the almost nonstop drumbeat of human cruelty, there's a surprising core of sweetness to Himizu...This is a movie that uses hopelessness as a way to explore hope.
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Miriam Bale
New York Times
March 13, 2014
[Mr. Sono] gives the film a harrowing cacophony and a sense of trauma with sound effects, including subtle echoes.
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Pete Vonder Haar
Village Voice
March 11, 2014
Refreshing yet thoroughly unpleasant ...
Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine
March 11, 2014
Sion Sono's film is a vision of coming of age as trial by fire, a thunderous encapsulation of that period of transition in which adolescents try to discover themselves: their passions, their purpose, their sense of morality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Nordine
L.A. Weekly
January 16, 2013
Occasionally heavy-handed in the delivery of its ideas, but also a refreshingly sensitive character study.
Shaun Munro
What Culture
June 1, 2012
Sono's latest is overlong and fidgety, but puts its post-Fukushima context to good use.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Trevor Johnston
Radio Times
June 1, 2012
Sono's film delivers a broadside against the self-interest and complacency of the older generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emma Simmonds
The List
June 1, 2012
Its young leads are terrific, the ruined city is a fitting backdrop for mental obliteration and the wall-to-wall parental negligence references the behaviour of the disinterested elite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike McCahill
May 31, 2012
Sono retains his go-for-the-throat approach, but the violence here somehow connects with the brutal economic conditions, and he fosters very tender, affecting performances from Shôta Sometani and Fumi Nikaidô as his crushed young lovers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Schenker
Little White Lies
May 31, 2012
A near-masterpiece from one of the most significant directors working today, Himizu combines all the director's strengths while introducing a tentative humanism that proves remarkably affecting.
| Original Score: 4/5
Isabel Stevens
May 30, 2012
An uneven film brightened with the occasional flash of social comment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
May 28, 2012
Over-the-top but blackly funny along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jamie Russell
Total Film
May 23, 2012
Love in this teen flick is less like a red, red rose than a bloody nose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
May 16, 2012
Much of the film's impact stems from a pair of remarkable lead performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
April 17, 2012
a coming-of-age, state-of-the-nation film which, though important in the post-tsunami context, nonetheless hardly feels like one of Sono's best.
John Bleasdale
Electric Sheep
April 12, 2012
Despite the freakishness of the plot, there is a mournful tone that the use of Mozart and Samuel Barber reinforces. This is a satirical and in some ways despairingly angry film.
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