Pistol Opera Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 3, 2003
The screen is artfully covered like the abstract paintings by Jackson Pollock and Man Ray.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 22, 2003
I couldn't give a fully coherent synopsis of Pistol Opera if my life depended on it, but it's still the most fun new movie I've seen since Mulholland Drive and Waking Life (both also 2001).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
August 1, 2003
While it's certainly enjoyable to see this old master up to his tricks again, and the film stands perfectly well on its own, the cinematic high jinks of the 80-year-old director don't quite live up to the reputation he created for himself 36 years ago.
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
July 22, 2003
Though extraordinarily simplistic at its core, Suzuki's directorial style is so chock-full of vigor and passion for his craft that it spills into Pistol Opera, allowing the flick to carve out its own niche.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
July 3, 2003
Eighty-year-old Japanese director Suzuki Seijun has always been a gifted master stylist, and Pistol Opera shows that his unique vision has not dulled with age.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 20, 2003
Nothing in Pistol Opera ever seems remotely possible, but it's still gorgeous art -- like a dream David Lynch had after watching too many John Woo movies.
Sean O'Connell
Filmcritic.com
June 17, 2003
The director's gaudy approach to his individual frames begs for a deeper meaning that you're going to have to bring to the table yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Joshua Tanzer
Offoffoff
June 14, 2003
Stylish but obtuse. Charitably, we might try to think of 'Pistol Opera' as the 'Tampopo' of killing people.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
June 14, 2003
Seijun is helped enormously by Makiko Esumi, a dazzling beauty who delivers a flinty, self-assured performance as Stray Cat.
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 13, 2003
A strange tale that ultimately achieves a level of abstraction entirely divorced from any conventional mode of storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
June 13, 2003
Insanely likable but suffers from anemia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 13, 2003
There's style and panache to spare.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
June 12, 2003
What counts isn't the convoluted plot or exotic characters -- it's the brilliance of Suzuki's cinematic style, articulating the action with eye-boggling color and split-second editing effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Eric Campos
Film Threat
June 10, 2003
Pistol Opera is unique for sure, it just never made me want to follow it down its strange path.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
June 10, 2003
Suzuki has made the ultimate meta-movie, a self-parodying, surrealist gangster daydream as intoxicating and insubstantial as an absinthe swoon.
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
June 9, 2003
Whereas Kill was uproariously stylish via pop-noir, Opera goes in the opposite direction by concentrating much more on color, choreography, and composition than any kind of conventional narrative.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 9, 2003
Whether more is pompously suggested than actually here and merely meets the eye, Pistol Opera is fun in the grand style.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 16, 2003
... just as incomprehensible and visually arresting as Suzuki's '60s classics, but the delirious madness and headlong energy is gone.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
November 8, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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