Norwegian Wood is a beauteous, lukewarm bore.
| Original Score: C+
It's most likely to appeal to fans of the Haruki Murakami novel on which it's based, and they're the least likely to enjoy it.
| Original Score: 2/4
While the film doesn't work for me at all, it clearly works for others; it was selected as one of the 12 in Competition at the 2011 Sydney Film Festival.
Looks great; moves like a steam roller with a flat tyre.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Even for a film set in a land that considers paper folding an exciting activity, this is dull stuff.
It becomes a film that, like its characters, remains elusive in its motivations and therefore detached from its audience.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Tepid, exhausting-overlong tale of sexual awakening adapted from a popular novel.
Gorgeous to look at, but not very involving.
| Original Score: 2/5
Writer/director Tran Anh Hung seems hamstrung by reverence, as monotony sets in early and doesn't lift.
Like most other unfilmable novels, this would have been best left alone.
Two and a half hours that offer barely a hint of the beloved 1987 cult novel's true flavor.
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.
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?
| Original Score: 6.5/10
Tran has drained the life right out of the novel.
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.
| Original Score: B
Vietnamese Director Tran Anh Hung has created a piece of cinematic beauty in Norwegian Wood, an adaptation of the modern literary classic by Haruki Murakami.
| Original Score: 3/5
You have to take it at its own meditative pace, to wait it out. But then what you get is a love story to cherish permanently.
| Original Score: 4/5
"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.
Haunting, heartbreaking and gorgeous to look at, but a tad overlong.