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Lost In Translation Reviews

October 5, 2008
Lost in Translation revels in contradictions. It's a comedy about melancholy, a romance without consummation, a travelogue that rarely hits the road.
October 5, 2008
Very much a mood piece, the film's deft balance of humor and poignancy makes it both a pleasurable and melancholy experience.
November 1, 2007
With this film it becomes clear that Sofia Coppola is a filmmaker with eyes all her own.
June 24, 2006
So far as the central relationship goes, the film is almost European in its subtlety and nuance. Cinematic cherry blossom.
March 7, 2005
[Murray] can still do more with a raised eyebrow than anyone since Groucho Marx, but he's mellower and sometimes slightly poignant.
Read More | Original Score: A-
August 7, 2004
In Japan, the most extreme delicacy goes hand in hand with garishness, and Coppola offers up both for our delectation. It's a heady, hallucinatory combo.
October 9, 2003
Of course, Mr. Murray gets all the laughs with his exquisite timing and wry delivery, but Ms. Johansson makes an eloquent and charismatic listener.
September 26, 2003
[A] rich and funny film.
September 20, 2003
Murray has never been better than he is here, but then he's never had a part that fit him so well, either.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 20, 2003
A stylish meditation on alienation and ennui.
Read More | Original Score: B+
September 20, 2003
Textured, thoughtful and touching.
Read More | Original Score: A
September 20, 2003
There is real magic afoot in Lost in Translation -- the sort that is created not at the wave of a wizard's wand, but by the coming together of two wayward souls.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
September 20, 2003
In Lost in Translation, [Murray] emerges as a complete character -- honourable and venal, fallible and funny, adding vulnerability to the panache.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 20, 2003
Although Translation is only [Coppola's] second feature, she already shows signs of being a sensei, as the Japanese call a master.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
September 20, 2003
How instinctively we react -- and connect -- when a film captures a feeling that is all too common, and all too real.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 20, 2003
Think of Lost in Translation as a beautifully told short story. It doesn't have the resonance or heft of a good novel, but it's slyly seductive and intensely moody.
Read More | Original Score: A-
September 20, 2003
How to sing the praises of Lost in Translation without drowning out its subtle pleasures?
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 18, 2003
It's a wonderful film, all subtlety and grace, from the delicate script of writer-director Sofia Coppola to the finely tuned efforts of Bill Murray, who gives a still, laconic yet mesmerizing performance.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
September 18, 2003
Lost in Translation is a fortunate encounter between a young talent on the rise and an old pro still hitting his stride.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 18, 2003
By the end of Lost in Translation, we don't know much about Japan, but we know a lot more about the human condition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 18, 2003
Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson give performances that will be talked about for years.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 13, 2003
Sofia Coppola's stealthy romance about two Americans stranded in Tokyo is a work of marvelous delicacy -- and offers the performance of Bill Murray's career.
September 12, 2003
Coppola, an assured and confident young filmmaker, has crafted a small poem, about being lost and being found.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 12, 2003
[Coppola] gives us a film so poignant, so funny, so free of self-satisfied bravado, that one can't help but look forward to her next work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 12, 2003
The old adage says that poetry is what's lost in translation, but the poetry is all that survives in Sofia Coppola's wispy art film.
September 12, 2003
Sublimely romantic and subtle.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
September 12, 2003
Sweet and sad at the same time it is sardonic and funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 12, 2003
It allows Scarlett Johansson to arrive as an actress at the same time it finally gives Bill Murray the great role that has always eluded him.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 12, 2003
If Murray has an imposing corner on the comic dynamism in this movie, Johansson is no less compelling for her mysticism, self-assurance and charm.
September 12, 2003
A smartly written, confidently directed film that delivers big laughs while developing two of the year's most earnest characters and some of its most rewarding sentiments.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 12, 2003
It gets at something exquisitely human.
September 12, 2003
An entrancing mood piece.
September 11, 2003
One of the purest and simplest examples ever of a director falling in love with her star's gifts.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
September 11, 2003
Tart and sweet, unmistakably funny and exceptionally well observed.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 11, 2003
The joys of Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation come from watching Murray modify his trademark passive- aggressive style into played-straight comic bewilderment -- and to marvel at his slim new picture- of-health appearance.
September 11, 2003
It's certainly edgier, smarter, than much of what passes for culture-clash comedy these days, even if the phlegmatic Murray sometimes resembles every Ugly American abroad, mocking waiters and sushi chefs who struggle to get his deadpan humor.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 11, 2003
Remarkably sophisticated, honest, consistently hilarious and very real.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
September 11, 2003
Mysterious and complex, as it muses bittersweetly on marriage, longing and the disconnectedness one can feel from another culture or people.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 11, 2003
Though the year is 2003 and the world is, in so many ways, at its smallest ... we are, this extraordinary new movie reminds us, ever more diffused, ever less able to make meaningful connections.
September 11, 2003
This study into the unfathomable depths of human relationships has more honesty than 95% of the movies I have seen this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 10, 2003
Exquisite study in emotional and geographical dislocation.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 9, 2003
Coppola -- who wrote as well as directed -- gives Murray room to stretch and is rewarded with some remarkably melancholy clowning.
September 8, 2003
Johansson is lovely and funny and sarcastic and sincere, and Murray is nothing short of great.
September 1, 2003
In only her second feature, Coppola has made a poised, intelligent film that nicely balances laughs with a poignancy rarely seen in American movies.