Like Father, Like Son Reviews

June 26, 2019
Like Father, Like Son's simplistic handling of such a morally complex situation just looks lazy.
February 13, 2014
A bittersweet musing about the nature of parenthood and about the conflict between nature and nurture, it is as banal and insightful as its title.
February 13, 2014
In general, the speed and stoicism with which Keita and Ryusei adjust to the familial maneuvering is, quite frankly, weird.
January 30, 2014
The movie is so predictable that it might have played better as a domestic comedy about an odd couple of dads.
January 16, 2014
The élan vital of life and love wins out, but so blatant is the story that that outcome was not ever in doubt.
November 14, 2013
By aiming the camera primarily at the parents Kore-eda can't seem to find the joy that he injected in "Nobody Knows", "Still Walking" and "After Life"... Adults, man, all they do is work and judge others. They're no fun.
September 17, 2013
The film scores all of its thematic points early, commenting intriguingly, if ultimately rather obviously, on the demands of Japanese patriarchy.
September 14, 2013
The children's performances are winning, but the director's dogmatic social scheme saps the dramatic tension in a film whose predictable message is: to be like a real father, you must connect with your son.
September 14, 2013
Like Father Like Son plays out as a gentle, cautionary morality tale for our times, which might be its weakness.
September 14, 2013
Though it's packed with adorable tykes and more than a few strong scenes, even Kore-eda fans may feel a let-down with a lovely film that makes little emotional connection
September 14, 2013
Like Father, Like Son has the overall depth and tenor of a Lifetime movie.
May 29, 2013
How dismaying to see the man who made "Still Walking" rely on tear-jerking narrative arcs and trite clash-of-the-classes schtick.
May 23, 2013
[Kore-eda's] latest, for all its careful construction and sweet pockets of feeling, is his glibbest and most morally one-sided film to date.