Reviews

Nov 18, 2011
Nov 17, 2011
Jan 26, 2010
doesn't add much profundity to the human condition
Mar 24, 2009
Nominally a slasher movie, this is very much more a study of some psychological depth about what it means to be severely disabled. With its limited budget, it achieves more than many movies seeking pat messages about society's outcasts.
Dec 31, 2008
Considering its five-year production history, Late Bloomer is a regrettably scattershot affair.
Nov 6, 2008
You have to meet the film's visual style halfway. It's shot in contrasty black and white, slo-mo, fast-mo, sometimes jagged cutting, sometimes an erratic hand-held camera that suggests the jerky way Sumida must view the world.
Jul 25, 2008
You might not like what you see, but you will appreciate it. And you certainly won't forget it for a while.
Jul 25, 2008
Weird, wicked and wonderfully perverse, Late Bloomer pulses with frigid energy. Watching it is like having your finger trapped in a light socket: no matter how much it hurts, you can't quite tear yourself away.
Jul 25, 2008
Jul 23, 2008
It may not look particularly stunning or insightful from a distance; but when viewed up close and in fragments, it's a queasy stutter of rage that is impossible to ignore.
Jul 23, 2008
Strangest for genuinely empathizing with the monstrous Sumida-san as if he were the typical disabled lead in an inspirational heartstring-tugger.
Jul 21, 2008
Director Go Shibata's coup is never sentimentalizing Sumida's condition, instead inviting our identification with him as someone just as capable of slipping into a moral abyss, but the director's style can be dumb.
Jan 9, 2006