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January 6, 2012
It takes no significant liberties with the plot, and it captures the novel's delicate, half-hopeful, half-mournful tone. So why, unlike its source material, does it feel only half-alive?
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
January 6, 2012
"Norwegian Wood" is a restrained portrait of liminal moments, a coming-of-age tale that feels more like a moody ghost story than a neatly contained chronicle of beginnings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 6, 2012
Even for a film set in a land that considers paper folding an exciting activity, this is dull stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 6, 2012
The gently diffuse light and color and the compositions by cinematographer Mark Lee Ping Bin, create a delicate, almost watercolored world, fading like a memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 5, 2012
There's plenty of sex and insanity, storywise, but the director takes a deliberately minimalistic and monochromatic approach, especially in the direction of his lead actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 5, 2012
Outstanding performances blend beautifully with a sharp, unsentimental script, stunning cinematography and evocative score to make Norwegian Wood a haunting, mesmerizing symphony of heartache, love, loss and hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 5, 2012
Low-key and sweeping, intimate and classically melodramatic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 5, 2012
The script doesn't possess all of the answers, but there's enough here to leave the movie sporadically stunning and consistently perceptive.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 5, 2012
While this beautiful-looking film at times succeeds in capturing its source material's delicate emo spirit, it's far less attentive to the richness of Murakami's characters.
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January 5, 2012
The truth is knotty in Norwegian Wood, deftly adapted by Franco-Vietnamese writer-director Tran Anh Hung from Haruki Murakami's most popular novel.
January 5, 2012
The emotions don't always hit with the force of Watanabe and Naoko's heartbreak, but the imagery perfectly realizes the shifts in romantic tone and emotional struggles
| Original Score: 3.5/5
January 5, 2012
"Norwegian Wood" registers less as a coherent narrative than as a tortuous reverie steeped in mournful yearning.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 5, 2012
Tran seems to realize that the best a filmmaker can do under these circumstances may be to substitute visual for linguistic beauty. And he has created stunning tableaux, before which the saddest of stories unfolds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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January 5, 2012
Norwegian Wood is a beauteous, lukewarm bore.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 4, 2012
A seductive if uneven attempt to bring to the screen a cult novelist's vision of young love.
January 4, 2012
The film is perilously close to being an exercise in tactile but touchy-feely passive-aggression.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 3, 2012
Two and a half hours that offer barely a hint of the beloved 1987 cult novel's true flavor.
January 2, 2012
There's no escaping the swoony stateliness of the film's melancholy, where loss and phantoms move like clouds over endless verdant fields.
December 20, 2011
Tepid, exhausting-overlong tale of sexual awakening adapted from a popular novel.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 18, 2011
Looks great; moves like a steam roller with a flat tyre.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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