Why Don't You Play in Hell? Reviews

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September 24, 2019
A minor character at one point buoyantly asks, "What's 35mm?" Sono's mission is to create a film that answers this vacant, if innocent, question.
June 27, 2019
Once the two plots merge, it leads to a massive sequence that's hilarious in its gleeful bloodlust and self-awareness.
August 28, 2018
As much as the film overflows with blood, the movie's other major problem is that it overflows with contrived plot and incident.
August 25, 2018
Why Don't You Play in Hell is a frenzy of joy and colour, held together by an unrelenting disinterest in narrative logic.
August 21, 2018
Their passion and enthusiasm, no matter how misguided, remind you of how exciting the movies are.
September 26, 2017
In those moments that Why Don't You Play in Hell? lacks substance-which are numerous-Sono turns this into a virtue. He reminds us that cinema is at its most pleasurable when it touches something deep inside.
June 26, 2016
This is pure midnight movie, all energy and whimsy and cartoonish displays of violence with yakuza soldiers dressed as samurai swordsmen.
May 24, 2016
It's sentimentally absurd, violent, frenetic, trashy, romantic and filled with loud pop music.
February 26, 2016
Defined by a sanguineous sense of humor and unpretentious spirit, [it] makes for a stylish, self-aware, if somewhat lagging romp about film culture and creative ambitions.
December 18, 2015
If you can make it till the end, there's one helluva payoff.
January 25, 2015
sporadically feels like a heartfelt love letter to the cinema and filmmaking - one that's inked in blood
December 19, 2014
"Why Don't You Play in Hell" is violent and irreverent, packed full with crazy ideas, and about as much bloody fun as you can have in a theater right now.
November 21, 2014
Sono achieves a level of insanity that most filmmakers wouldn't even dare to challenge, turning Why Don't You Play In Hell? into a uniquely decadent cinematic treat that delivers exactly as advertised.
November 10, 2014
Alternately exhilarating and tedious, Why Don't You Play In Hell? is Sono's tribute to moviemaking.
November 7, 2014
Smiles and blood and pure, unadulterated affection for everything that cinema is capable of.
November 7, 2014
A blood-soaked gang saga that builds to a madcap battle royal.
November 7, 2014
Sono is so pure of heart, so full of enthusiasm and insane imagination and unwavering loyalty to the movie gods, long after the rest of us have stopped believing, that I forgive him everything.
November 7, 2014
Delivers adrenaline, chutzpah, and fake blood by the bucket-load, continually confounding audience expectations while offering up a twisted valentine to moviemaking in general and the disappearing medium of 35mm film in particular.
November 7, 2014
A middle-aged filmmaker's tribute to the kind of epic-sized gangster-romance he used to fantasize about making.
November 7, 2014
A creative, barnstorming movie that feeds off mayhem in a most entertaining fashion, finding swirling inspiration from a swarm of cinematic highlights. It's original and absolutely furious.
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