Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda Reviews

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January 20, 2019
a moving and marvelous look at an artist and his inspirations through decades
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 23, 2018
There may not be enough conventional reference to the subject's life - marriages, children, and career - but that's because the film is unafraid to suggest that Sakamoto's music is his life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 19, 2018
Ryuichi Sakamoto's infectious curiosity about nature and the music of life, make for an engaging and moving subject. Highly recommended.
Full Review | Original Score: 18/20
October 31, 2018
An intimate portrait of a man coming face to face with his mortality.
October 26, 2018
Schible's documentary - while not particularly well shot - is a very useful insight into the work of a major composer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 18, 2018
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda is a fascinating look inside Sakamoto's process for creating art, and his humility in the face of nature's own creative process.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 9, 2018
For fans who have been following his music career over the past four decades, you simply cannot pass up the opportunity to watch this as soon as you can.
September 24, 2018
Sakamoto's deep, reverential love and respect of Johann Sebastian Bach...is apparent in his own, deceptively simple, humble and soothing lines that move steadily forward to fulfilling conclusions with a similar sense of inevitably.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 18, 2018
But the primary appeal of "Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda" comes from following this humble, quiet man as he reminisces, composes, and contemplates nature.
August 20, 2018
Rarely does an artist profile so thoroughly embrace the style of the artist it's profiling.
August 16, 2018
Unlike most music documentaries, this one isn't so much geared for fans of the artist as it is fans of intimate character portraits.
August 16, 2018
Those who are interested in how documentarians capture artistry on film will find good examples in Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda. It helps to come to the film with some foreknowledge of Sakamoto's career, however.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 5, 2018
Despite the foreboding title, Ryuichi Coda is an often-joyous film. We share the composer's wonder as he samples raindrops in a coffee cup, a violin bow across a cymbal, or simply sitting in front of his computer, creating hair-raising washes of sound.
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 2, 2018
Isn't a life story or a deep-dive character study. Rather it is a heartfelt mediation on the creative process, with elegantly presented ideas on nature, music, mortality and things out of tune.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 1, 2018
Coda is such a richly rewarding experience, and one that moves so gracefully to its own intimate rhythms like fluttering notes on a page.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 1, 2018
There are few things more compelling than watching an artist trying to coax something out of himself and into the world before he leaves it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 27, 2018
Schible allows Sakamoto, a charismatic, charming presence, to gently thrill as he quests for, then discovers a sound, living eternally, entirely in the instant we are witnessing. The keyboard lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
July 26, 2018
Stephen Nomura Schible's documentary, Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA is not only a portrait of a great artist, but a sensitive and engrossing depiction of the act of creation and its process.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 26, 2018
[An] intimate, emotional, and surprisingly small-scaled profile.
July 26, 2018
Simply by lingering with his pensive, compelling subject at the keyboard, or engaging Sakamoto (discreetly) in his thoughts on his life and his music, Schible casts a spell and captures the spirit of a uniquely gifted composer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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