Jan 10, 2018
Once we've seen the blossoms and admired them, seeing them again is less thrilling - and so is the overall impression left by An.
Sep 26, 2017
An is flat as a pancake, but lacks the paste: it strives to be an intimate, incisive portrait of three lost people learning to find some direction in their lives, but [Naomi] Kawase's appetite for schmaltz swallows everything before it.
Jan 3, 2017
Sweet Bean is a film that does its conventions right but gives nothing impactful as a result.
Nov 15, 2016
Echoes of classic Japanese cinema resound all over Sweet Bean, but its tugs at the heartstrings feel calculated in a way that Ozu's and Naruse's never did.
Apr 25, 2016
Pleasing but not always challenging.
Mar 17, 2016
While this is Kawase's most straightforward, accessible movie, it's also perhaps her dullest, sustaining a single maudlin note for nearly two hours.
Sep 16, 2015
The film's inoffensive simplicity suggests finger-painting, and offers about as much sophistication in terms of character development and theme.
Jul 20, 2015
It's not the stuff of Shakespearean drama, and in fact is barely enough to squeeze a few tears out of audiences into sentimental fare.
Jul 20, 2015
I must confess to feeling exasperated by the sentimentality and stereotype being served up. The film has an impeccable technical finish, but it is insipid, contrived, solemn, and ever so slightly preposterous.