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Japanese Story Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
March 25, 2004
Geologist Sandy is spunky, loud and outgoing! Businessman Hiromitsu is reserved, stern and demanding! Will they fall in love?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Michael Szymanski
February 24, 2004
The film does end up leaving you feel a bit hollow and as desolate as the long stretches of red sand.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 23, 2004
You know, I'm this close, but I can't recommend it.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 20, 2004
An underdeveloped film that requires all of [Collette's] ample skills merely to rise to the mediocre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 24, 2003
I found the story as barren as the landscape.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
January 4, 2004
Despite a uniquely captivating setting and the reassuring presence of Toni Collette, Japanese Story never feels convincing enough to be engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
February 2, 2004
Worth watching for Toni Collette's typically complex performance, but even she can't distract us away from the unending schmaltz that is the third act.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 30, 2004
A mawkish fusion of Nicolas Roeg's Walkabout and the recent Lost in Translation, with cultural politics even more problematic than those Sofia Coppola danced about in her film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 30, 2004
To mildly respect Japanese Story is easy. To enjoy it would require an act of will.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 2, 2004
A mediocre, self-consciously arty story.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
December 19, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jules Brenner
December 27, 2003
a threadbare story
| Original Score: 2.5/5
James Christopher
Times (UK)
June 2, 2004
It's powerful, but fatally contrived
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 19, 2003
Trite plotting and dialogue plus uninspired acting doom 'Japanese Story.'
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Vic Vogler
Denver Post
April 9, 2004
Fails to engage us in the lives of its characters because it never really introduces them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
January 16, 2004
Bedtime Story seems a more appropriate name for the snoozy and unconvincing Australian drama.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
December 22, 2003
The film should easily appeal to anyone who's never met an Asian person in their life.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
February 7, 2004
I had difficulty understanding why I should care.
Harvey S. Karten
November 11, 2003
A script as underdeveloped as Australia's Pilbara Desert can wear on audience patience.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
April 2, 2004
Japanese Story takes its audience on a series of physical and emotional journeys, but comes across as artificial and forced.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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