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Sonatine Reviews

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October 17, 2011
[VIDEO] "Sonatine" is a lyrical picture of Japan's poker face toward the outrageous violence of its mob culture.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 3, 2010
bold and ballsy
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 9, 2005
This film resurrected the yakusa genre? It is amazing it didn't put it to sleep for good.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 20, 2004
Haunting look at doomed yakuza gangster
| Original Score: 4/5
February 28, 2002
A different kind of action movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 14, 2001
Sleek, punchy and altogether captivating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Kitano's haunting elegy to the gangster way of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Gross and trite as the material is, Kitano shows again that he is an ingenious, purposeful filmmaker.
January 1, 2000
It shows how violent gangster movies need not be filled with stupid dialogue, nonstop action and gratuitous gore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
Kitano is a mesmerizing and remarkably humanistic angel of death.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 1, 2000
The look of the film is sometimes dreamy, sometimes crisp, but always engrossing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
When the action comes, it comes in short, precise bursts. It's not exciting. It's not intended to be.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 1, 2000
The great images presented on the screen -- not the acting, nor the story line, are what make this film work best.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 1, 2000
Compare the journey taken by Kitano's character to the 'character arc' on exhibit in a typical American action film.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 1, 2000
One of the most valuable facets of Kitano's film is its exposure of the gangster ideal as the myth of little boys who forgot to grow up.
January 1, 2000
Eliminates the one virtue American action films can legitimately claim -- vitality -- and replaces it with fake- existential claptrap wrapped in an inept narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 1, 2000
The quirky humor gives what could easily be a tired story an unusual air of freshness and humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 3, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
November 30, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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