Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) Reviews

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September 13, 2019
A film that just grows and grows and grows. It seems very quiet, but you are absolutely hooked.
February 8, 2019
Kore-eda elicits poignant performances from everyone in his ensemble, chose to accentuate the positive rather than dwell on the hardships.
January 4, 2019
Writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda fills the film with grace notes, humor and fine observations, circling and filling out each character while leaning more on innocence than corruption.
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December 21, 2018
Kore-eda marshals his considerable talents to tell what initially appears to be another story of family love and perseverance in the margins of society.
December 21, 2018
This kind of subtle richness is not new for Kore-Eda, though it's as satisfying here as it's ever been.
December 21, 2018
Kore-eda is at his best when he's suppressing his sentimentality, not when he's indulging it, but like his characters, fans of this inspired filmmaker must learn to take the good with the bad.
December 21, 2018
It's all beautifully done, if seemingly aimless; for most of its two-hour runtime, the joy of the movie lies mostly in watching these fine actors build their beautifully flawed and lived-in characters.
December 21, 2018
Shoplifters is littered with wry humor and is refreshingly free of judgment.
December 21, 2018
At once charming and heart-wrenching, this exquisitely performed film will steal the hearts of both art-house and mainstream audiences.
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December 21, 2018
Shoplifters achieves that ultimate goal of art as expressed by the artist Robert Filliou: It's art that makes life more interesting than art.
December 21, 2018
There are numerous tender, affecting moments en route to the finale's tearjerker overdrive, many of them productively tangential to the overarching idea of choosing one's own family.
December 20, 2018
A moving meditation on what truly constitutes the meaning of family.
December 12, 2018
A story whose ethical quandaries are presented with equal parts compassion and toughness.
December 11, 2018
Every one of master Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda's movies breaks your heart in a different way.
December 8, 2018
The movie uses a domestic drama to illustrate larger and more compelling concerns about society in general.
November 30, 2018
In a great film, Kore-eda's thesis would be the starting point, not its culmination... But in the end, Kore-eda, for all the cooked-up moments in Shoplifters, knows where the heart of his story is.
November 29, 2018
It's in theory the worst family movie of 2018 - and in practice one of the year's best films.
November 27, 2018
Delicately observed and perfectly played, it's consummate, flawless film-making.
November 23, 2018
Kore-eda has the sensitive, calibrated touch of a master safecracker, and he's a virtuoso of emotional and narrative buildup.
November 22, 2018
A spirited, lilting delight.
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