Sep 17, 2021
Yamada equates the love between these two young women to a concert, impossible to perform unless there's communication and the two musicians fall perfectly in step with each other.
Jan 19, 2019
While it is not in the same league as A Silent Voice, it is a sweet and pleasant film that's worth a watch.
Jan 11, 2019
Older viewers may find that the sheer quantity of angst on display here makes for a trying watch, and may wish the girls would pull themselves together and have a proper talk, but the simple prettiness of the film is liable to win it many fans.
Nov 28, 2018
These are real teens so desperately searching for their place amongst each other that they forget to unearth what it is they want on their own terms.
Nov 14, 2018
Yamada has a very keen eye for depicting adolescent malaise in visually evocative terms, and Liz and the Blue Bird could have benefited from even more flights of fancy than she allows for here.
Nov 9, 2018
Liz and the Blue Bird soars from the get-go as it weaves together a fantastical fairy tale and a more intimate, relatable high school story.
Nov 8, 2018
The sequences illustrating the fairy tale are rendered in a handsome water color style, but even these scenes feel too slow and deliberate to enliven the film.
Nov 1, 2018
What's most impressive is that Yamada gives delicate life to a wafer-thin story of two friends drifting apart. Without ever feeling choppy or over edited, the shots are composed in microscopic detail.
Oct 30, 2018
Liz and the Blue Bird, while seemingly straightforward and simple, is one of the most structurally complex films about the necessity of communication for healthy relationships.
Oct 15, 2018
It's literally just quiet drama between a shy girl and her more outgoing friend accompanied by classical music. I'm sure there's an audience for Liz and the Blue Bird, but I'm just not a part of it.
Jul 25, 2018
From a formalist perspective, all of Yamada's films are fascinating, and Liz and the Blue Bird might be the most fascinating for its contrasts of style and color, and for its elaborate soundscape.
Apr 18, 2018
This film will resonate just as strongly with anyone who's ever been through the emotional roller coaster known as high school.