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Norwegian Wood Reviews

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Kimber Myers
The Playlist
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
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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.
Dave White
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
Sean Axmaker
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.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
May 16, 2012
Like an old memory that never loses its hold, "Norwegian Wood" stays with you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
March 2, 2012
An angsty (albeit sensual) tale of great love and great loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Shawn Levy
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+
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
February 2, 2012
A master of mood and visuals, Tran proves an inspired choice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Todd Jorgenson
January 20, 2012
The mood is downbeat and the characters are slow to warm to the audience, yet Hung creates some visually striking imagery.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 19, 2012
It's sweet all the way up, wavers in dread and slides down to doom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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-
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
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
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Alonso Duralde
January 6, 2012
A visually stunning and moving piece of storytelling bolstered by searing performances and a standout score by Jonny Greenwood.
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Andrew O'Hehir
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.
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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
Diva Velez
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
Dustin Putman
January 5, 2012
Low-key and sweeping, intimate and classically melodramatic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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