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Love Exposure Reviews

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine
June 17, 2013
Clocking in at 237 minutes, Sino's film possesses a rambling, free-associative structure.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 1, 2011
Manga-indebted but without lens trickery, this is exhilarating cinema experience.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
September 22, 2011
This four-hour opus about the fury of love and the love of fury is ritually fascinating, often excessive and, with a caution the film wields like a blade, achingly poignant.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 2, 2011
The more you can let this amazing, unbelievable film overwhelm you, the better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 1, 2011
Exhibiting astonishing dexterity, Mr. Sono shapes all this trauma into a narrative that's completely coherent and surprisingly touching, never more so than in Yu's struggle toward sexual maturity.
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
September 1, 2011
It's a campy rampage that runs a few minutes shy of four hours, dooming what otherwise would likely be a bright future as a midnight movie.
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
September 1, 2011
As the old cliche goes, you will not have another moviegoing experience quite like this one all year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Simon Abrams
Slant Magazine
August 31, 2011
Love Exposure is, in a sense, Shion Sono's equivalent of the Great Russian novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Fear
Time Out
August 31, 2011
Love Exposure plays like a marathon greatest-hits-and-misses mixtape. If you see only one Sono film, check out this flick; you will have then seen them all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
May 12, 2011
Would the film be easier to take in a more condensed form? Of course it would, but then it wouldn't be the singularly overwhelming oddity that it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)
November 6, 2009
It's different, but it's exhausting. Without ever being funny, it keeps up a strident, cartoonish tone for all of its four hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
November 6, 2009
A strange, deftly scripted brew, alternately involving and distancing, and often very funny.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 4, 2009
A colourful four-hour rom-com that feels both small and intimate. And it's never dull for a second.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip De Semlyen
Empire Magazine
October 30, 2009
Complicated and long but deftly handled adventure/caper/satire that ends up being thoroughly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
October 30, 2009
A swooning, often riotously funny melodrama charged with a refreshingly perverse undertow.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
Film4
October 30, 2009
Ambitious, inventive and endlessly arresting, Sion Sono's epic romance is a vibrant rite of passage, guiding us through a world of repression, hypocrisy and delusion towards true love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
October 30, 2009
Curious and tasteless, but never dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 30, 2009
Deeply strange and politically incorrect, baffling, and often funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Carmen Gray
Total Film
October 30, 2009
It's as mad as a box of frogs, but a strain of melancholy romance adds emotional backbone to the gags, gore and kung fu.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
October 30, 2009
A graphic mixture of violence, heartache, sex and kung fu, Love Exposure is not for all tastes but there are wonderful moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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