Otona no miru ehon - Umarete wa mita keredo (I Was Born, But ) (Children of Tokyo) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Otona no miru ehon - Umarete wa mita keredo (I Was Born, But ) (Children of Tokyo) Reviews

September 23, 2013
[I Was Born, But . . .] is a master class -- one of the [Ozu's] earliest -- in the art of distilling emotional intensity from quiet lives.
June 25, 2010
Ozu's movie is also smart at levels almost too subtle to discern, perhaps not so much smart as wise.
June 25, 2010
One of those silent black-and-white old movies that makes the subsequent advances in the medium look redundant.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 23, 2010
Watching the first hour of I Was Born, But... (unspooling with a bright, new piano score by Donald Sosin) might remind you of a subdued Our Gang skit, and not unpleasantly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 22, 2010
The film retains a measure of tempered hope, born not simply from the father's command-cum-wish to his slumbering offspring but also from a final act of youthful compassion that binds Ozu's intensely human characters in glass-half-full solidarity.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
Both the gags and the emotional disappointments are anchored in a sure sense of characterisation that remains wholly fresh, and the pace of the whole film is worthy of Buster Keaton at his best.
January 1, 2000
One of Yasujiro Ozu's most sublime films.