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Norwegian Wood Reviews

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August 15, 2013
Like its source material from Haruki Murakami, this is a beautiful film that exquisitely captures grief and sadness, and unsurprisingly, it probably won't help you if you're suffering from seasonal affective disorder.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 19, 2013
The acting in the film is key. Every moment by Ken'ichi Matsuyama as Watanabe and Rinko Kikuchi as Naoko is valid yet seems distilled by memory rather than presented raw.
March 4, 2013
Director Tran Anh Hung would much rather show than tell but he never wants to brag about what he's showing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 19, 2012
... suffused in melancholia, with imagery as delicate as the lives it presents and atmospheres so fragile they look like they'd shatter under too much emotional pressure.
May 16, 2012
Like an old memory that never loses its hold, "Norwegian Wood" stays with you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 19, 2012
As melancholy and fragile and at times even as lovely as the John Lennon composition from which it borrows its name...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 15, 2012
We cover years at a bound, but when we light, we tend to spend long, lingering moments through the camera's loving eye. This is a beautiful film to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
March 2, 2012
An angsty (albeit sensual) tale of great love and great loss.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 1, 2012
It doesn't hit you head on so much as seep into you, and its effects linger.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 2, 2012
A master of mood and visuals, Tran proves an inspired choice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 27, 2012
There are sequences and situations I found myself floating into the celluloid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 20, 2012
The mood is downbeat and the characters are slow to warm to the audience, yet Hung creates some visually striking imagery.
January 19, 2012
It's sweet all the way up, wavers in dread and slides down to doom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 12, 2012
This lush, eventually torpid adaptation of Haruki Murakami's more nuanced 1987 cult-favorite novel considers youthful love, loss, and eros...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 8, 2012
The juxtaposing of nature and three young lovers make this film a feast for the eyes and the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
January 6, 2012
A visually stunning and moving piece of storytelling bolstered by searing performances and a standout score by Jonny Greenwood.
January 6, 2012
Maybe this was the project Tran has been waiting for. I rate this the best film of his non-prolific career by far.
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
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
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
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