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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter Reviews

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August 1, 2017
I think the less you know going into this movie the better, so if you're a die-hard fan of Rinko Kikuchi or a film buff with a vested interest in how pop culture influences modern folklore, put yourself on Kumiko media blackout and just go see it already.
June 21, 2017
Kikuchi interacts beautifully with the camera to set the pace; the wide shots and angles make it seem as if the camera waits for her to finish a silent sentence, punctuated by her facial expression.
March 10, 2017
With sparse dialogue, the film hinges on an incredible performance from Rinko Kikuchi as office-girl outsider Kumiko, who can hurt your heart with just a little flick of her eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 4, 2016
An assured and ambitious arthouse odyssey from the Zelners, with the wonderful, wistful Rinko Kikuchi at its core.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 21, 2016
As the film uncomfortably unfolds to an inevitable conclusion, nihilistic overtones encapsulate any emotional connection to her struggle.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 24, 2016
Unfortunately, Treasure opened too early in the year for short attention span Academy members, because Rinko Kikuchi seriously merits consideration for her second Oscar nom.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 23, 2016
Fortunately, the Zellners have better plans for their heroine in Kumiko's delirious, wonderfully improbable, and probably surrealistic, ending.
January 4, 2016
A wonderfully accessible indie dark comic tale about movie obsessions.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 1, 2016
It all boils down to Kikuchi's mesmerizing performance as the wounded, desperate Kumiko. Deep down, she may know the treasure is not real, but she can't face a world in which it isn't. And that's life, pretty much.
December 29, 2015
American Dream drama revolving around a Japanese girl's Fargo-inspired search around rural North Dakota for the proverbial pot of gold.
| Original Score: 3/4
December 15, 2015
The entrancing fifth feature of the Zellner brothers, Kumiko the Treasure Hunter, is like found art in the beguiling, haunting manner it combines the seemingly ridiculous and desperate with an ineffable and quiet sadness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 15, 2015
An affecting character study about depression, delusion and the allure of cinema.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 15, 2015
The main reason to catch this, the Zellners' most above-ground effort, is Kikuchi.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 15, 2015
If there's one thing Kumiko the Treasure Hunter proves beyond the shadow of a doubt, it's that Rinko Kikuchi is a movie star in the making.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 7, 2015
Thanks to Kikuchi's stubborn, sympathetic performance and Zellner's flair for desolate-yet-captivating composition... the movie rises above its silly premise and puts the audience in a fortress of solitude along with its protagonist.
November 12, 2015
It's a very composed and controlled picture, with a heroine who believes she's on the cusp of something transformative, even cosmic.
November 12, 2015
The portrait of a loopy outsider mostly serves to remind us that it might be time to watch Fargo again, just to get a glimpse of the true story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 5, 2015
At 105 minutes, that deliberate pace ultimately undermines Kumiko's impact, and an ambiguous ending may leave a lot of audiences wondering what message they were supposed to take from the experience.
June 8, 2015
... a rigorous if miniature work of art, a movie that betrays tremendous discipline in every aspect, from its traditional, almost formal, visual approach to the eerie score ...
Full Review | Original Score: 91/100
June 2, 2015
Like the money from 'Fargo' that inspires Kumiko's quest, this movie something of a buried treasure itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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