Like Father, Like Son Reviews

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August 12, 2019
Koreeda deftly examines a quietly moving nature vs. nurture sequence of events that manages to be generously moving despite feeling familiar when compared to other entries within Koreeda's impressive oeuvre.
August 7, 2019
Each of the characters are sharply developed, but the narrative balance inevitably tips toward towards the emotionally challenged architect, deftly played by Japanese pop star Masahuru Fukuyama.
August 7, 2019
No one is better suited to tell this tale than Hirokazu, who directs with such delicacy that the result is something extraordinarily moving.
March 1, 2019
Along with an authentically great performance from child actor Keita Ninomiya, this film is packaged to perfection.
August 7, 2018
Like Father has some of the striking Koreeda trademarks: the extraordinary acting from the children.
February 17, 2018
... injects real humanity into a familiar scenario.
October 4, 2017
Like Father, Like Son explores the meaning of parenthood in a most unique way, taking a deeply thoughtful approach to a hypothetical and following its unknown paths in an organic manner.
May 10, 2016
Always gentle, always composed, the films of Hirokazu Kore-eda also register quiet devastation, often within the family. The stirring -- the earthquake, even -- usually happens beneath the surface of calm.
March 22, 2016
[Hirokazu Kore-eda] uses an attractive and talented cast to find a fresh take on a subject that has been mined by television movies and series ad infinitum.
July 16, 2014
Completely realistic because it is in keeping with the reserved temperament of the culture.
May 5, 2014
Powerful Japanese film about children switched at birth who challenge the love and hope of their rediscovered parents six years later. Beautiful and heartbreaking, from the masterful Hirokazu Koreeda.
May 2, 2014
Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda delivers a quiet, beautifully modulated, touching drama.
May 2, 2014
There are times when the script seems just too schematic - as if Kore-eda has decided that we should all sit still while he lays out the nature versus nurture debate. Then the small truths which enrich each scene take over.
April 30, 2014
Cultures collide oh so gently in Hirokazu Kore-eda's Like Father Like Son, a Japanese drama that examines its cavernous, local class divide thoughtfully and tenderly, much like Iran's A Separation before it.
April 18, 2014
The performances seem to me impeccable. Kore-eda is one of a host of Japanese filmmakers who never cease to enchant me.
April 18, 2014
Kore-eda uses a contrivance to explore real issues
April 16, 2014
Navigates the emotional minefield with subtle, unhurried direction, weighing up both sides of the equation without casting judgement or providing clear-cut answers.
April 16, 2014
This is a profound and remarkable work, and like Still Walking, it reasserts Koreeda's place among the ranks of the world's greatest living directors.
April 16, 2014
The film's climax, built around the layout of a particular Tokyo location, resolves this motif in a simple, elegant and wholly satisfying way.
April 16, 2014
It's a set-up that's the stuff of sensationalist headlines, but under Kore-eda's measured watch, it becomes a tender, thoughtful and moving look at the complex bonds that underpin families
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