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Heartfelt yet jumbled, Minamata pays uneven tribute to a remarkable real-life story better served by the documentary treatment. Read critic reviews

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Movie Info

War photographer W. Eugene Smith travels to Japan where he documents the devastating effect of mercury poisoning in coastal communities.

Cast & Crew

Johnny Depp
Tatsuo Matsumura
Bill Nighy
Robert Hayes
Hiroyuki Sanada
Mitsuo Yamazaki
Tadanobu Asano
Tatsuo Matsumura
Jun Kunimura
Junichi Nojima
David Kessler
Screenwriter
Bill Johnson
Producer
David Kessler
Producer
Compton Ross
Executive Producer
Stephen Spence
Executive Producer
Benoît Delhomme
Cinematographer
Nathan Nugent
Film Editor
Ryuichi Sakamoto
Original Music
Tom Foden
Production Designer
Kevin Downey
Set Decoration
Momirka Bailovic
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Critic Reviews for Minamata

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (9)

  • ...a powerful reminder that there are indeed times when a picture is worth a thousand words.

    June 8, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Whatever one thinks of Johnny Depp -- and he is doing a great job of alienating his fans -- this performance is full of grace and grit.

    June 3, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's well paced, beautifully filmed and does have an appealing classic feel to it, but it still lacks that spark to propel it from informative to all-consuming.

    May 20, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Levitas does little to reinvent the historical fight-against-injustice wheel, but he does keep it turning smoothly.

    February 25, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • It can't work out whether out whether it's a crusading social drama or the story of a troubled artist's redemption. The result is a film that neither engages nor moves the viewer in the way that might have been expected.

    February 24, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • "Minamata" tells a bracing story of corporate malfeasance and bracing advocacy for the underclass, but even the occasional poignant observation can't salvage a movie trying this hard to tug every heartstring at its disposal.

    February 23, 2020 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

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