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Tampopo Reviews

December 9, 2016
It unfolds as a series of madcap, effortlessly charming comic vignettes, centred around food and food culture in mid-'80s Japan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 27, 2016
There are many love stories folded into this film's enjoyably meandering two hours, but "Tampopo" is above all about the romance of food, and the joyous, agonizing devotion and hard work required to tease out its manifold mysteries.
October 20, 2016
A biting satire of Japanese culture and its uneasy incorporation of Western influences.
March 13, 2015
Japanese films have commented before on the intrinsic connection between food and sex, but not with the erotic gusto of Juzo Itami's Tampopo and rarely with the comic lustiness of this broad-scale satire.
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
March 13, 2015
Tampopo is, among many other things, the first "spaghetti eastern" and one of its particular charms is that it celebrates as much as satirizes. No movie gourmet with exotic tastes should miss it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 13, 2015
It's a funny story beautifully told.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 13, 2015
The movie makes you laugh, gets you hungry, stirs things up.
March 26, 2009
A thoroughly offbeat but most enjoyable comedy on the subject of food.
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
Director Itami has produced an engaging cinematic hybrid, brilliantly stir-frying Japanese food -- and other -- obsessions into cowboy themes.
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
January 1, 2000
It's half movie, half dessert-topping -- a film gourmand's lusty dream.