Kikujiro Reviews

March 22, 2002
... the slapstick and sentiment make for a queasy mixture.
May 11, 2001
... a great deal of fun.
February 14, 2001
... its treacly mix of emotional manipulation and klutzy comedy will make it hard to digest for most audiences.
February 14, 2001
The result is a heart-tugger made totally irresistible because of the combination of Kitano's wry, sly sense of humor and his rigorous detachment.
January 1, 2000
These gags work because Kitano has created an intrinsically funny character and because he has perfect timing and a terrific sense of construction.
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
... the movie's humor is dissipated by its slow pace and static scenes, and its emotional payoff is assumed rather than earned.
January 1, 2000
Gentle, observational, but punchy and highly amusing ...
January 1, 2000
You can't smile when you keep feeling sorry for the kid--who is not, after all, in on the joke.
January 1, 2000
Kikujiro is more on the nose, and that's probably why it doesn't entirely work.
January 1, 2000
The film isn't just bad; it's a barely coherent, inert mess -- a heart-tugger for voidoids.
January 1, 2000
The comic drama is refreshingly anti-sentimental but will break your heart anyway.