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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter Reviews

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David N. Butterworth
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
Raffi Asdourian
The Film Stage
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+
Joe Bendel
Epoch Times
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
Gerald Peary
Arts Fuse
May 23, 2016
Fortunately, the Zellners have better plans for their heroine in Kumiko's delirious, wonderfully improbable, and probably surrealistic, ending.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 4, 2016
A wonderfully accessible indie dark comic tale about movie obsessions.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sherilyn Connelly
SF Weekly
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.
Kam Williams
Baret News
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
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Patrick Z. McGavin
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
December 15, 2015
An affecting character study about depression, delusion and the allure of cinema.
| Original Score: 4/5
December 15, 2015
The main reason to catch this, the Zellners' most above-ground effort, is Kikuchi.
| 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
Craig D. Lindsey
Nashville Scene
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.
Brian Miller
Seattle Weekly
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.
Jay Stone
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
Josh Terry
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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
Randall King
Winnipeg Free Press
May 14, 2015
For all its formal beauty and dry comedy, there is a certain heartlessness in inventing a bleak, artsy fantasia on the grave of a real dead woman.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Michael Nordine
Willamette Week
May 13, 2015
Kumiko is gorgeously shot and scored, with a dreamlike ambience and slow-burning narrative that vacillates between beautiful and unsettling.
| Original Score: B+
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
May 12, 2015
Nihilistic but wonderful
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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