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Tampopo Reviews

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Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News
March 13, 2015
As long as the movie sticks to the story of the noodle shop, however, it's delightful and funny.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 13, 2015
Food, glorious food -- its life-giving, sensual, aromatic and filling properties are celebrated in the wacky Tampopo. This Japanese film is without precedent, no matter what country you are talking about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Tampopo is one of those utterly original movies that seems to exist in no known category.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
A diverting hour or so.
Full Review | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 13, 2015
Itami's humor and invention is such that we never have a chance to feel deprived. His stylistic palette and sense of fun are so wide-ranging that he can oscillate between brightness and darkness to articulate one gag.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
A thoroughly offbeat but most enjoyable comedy on the subject of food.
Christopher Null
February 2, 2003
Dizzyingly hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
It is often very amusing, although the ragged, free-wheeling structure tends to blunt Itami's somewhat obvious thesis, that eating is more closely connected to sex than we would normally admit.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Director Itami has produced an engaging cinematic hybrid, brilliantly stir-frying Japanese food -- and other -- obsessions into cowboy themes.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
October 26, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
July 9, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
September 5, 2010
a pleasant enough time-passer
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
November 4, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 9, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
March 13, 2015
Not many films have dwelled so continually on food, or stirred up so many laughs in kitchens and restaurants.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It's half movie, half dessert-topping -- a film gourmand's lusty dream.
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
November 28, 2002
A fan favorite for college foreign film series.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 4, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Tampopo is buoyantly free in form. It's as much an essay as it is a narrative -- always ready to digress into random gags and comic anecdotes.
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
June 3, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
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