Like Father, Like Son Reviews

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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 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.
March 7, 2014
If you've seen any of Koreeda's previous films, and especially the wrenching children-alone saga Nobody Knows, it won't surprise you to learn that the observation of children in Like Father, Like Son is unfailingly acute ...
February 21, 2014
Koreeda's film never feels gimmicky; he uses the situation to examine both nature and nurture while dealing with ties that simply can't be broken. "Like Father, Like Son" ponders the meaning of family.
February 19, 2014
Writer and director Hirokazu Koreeda does not pretend that there are easy answers in his film, which at times plays almost like a fable. But the emotions and heartbreak are always grounded in reality.
February 14, 2014
If you've seen Hirokazu Koreeda's films - Nobody Knows, Still Life, I Wish - then just the announcement that a new one, Like Father, Like Son, has arrived is all you need to know.
February 13, 2014
A moving drama about parenthood from Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda.
February 13, 2014
A deeply affecting Japanese family tale from Hirokazu Kore-eda, renowned for his films about parents, children, blood bonds and loss.
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.
February 13, 2014
[Kore-eda] pokes some fun at class differences, but his overall aim is serious - we get a powerful sense of how unsettling it would be to live through such a wrenching event. Remarkably, he conveys this with charm and restraint.
January 31, 2014
[A] moving drama, one of the best to date from Japanese writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda.
January 31, 2014
Like Father, Like Son is always wise about the quandary faced by the two fathers and the two mothers.
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 30, 2014
Wry, funny and wise, like most of the work of Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda.
January 27, 2014
What stays with you ... is the unlikely shadow of loss, not least in the hearts of the boys' mothers: how can a loving child, even the "wrong" one, be let go?
January 23, 2014
Follows [a] pattern fairly predictably at first, then transcends it with tenderness, humor and exquisite depth of feeling.
January 23, 2014
Its children-switched-at-birth story sounds schematic, but what we see on screen is both meaningful and deeply moving.
January 22, 2014
The questions posed by Like Father, Like Son are universal in nature and the manner in which Kore-eda addresses them makes for superior drama.
January 17, 2014
At times like this, Like Father, Like Son ascends to dizzying emotional heights.
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