Tokyo Godfathers Reviews

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November 6, 2004
A sweet little melodrama of deep, personal wounds being treated by dashes of holiday miracles, and it's enough to bring a smile to one's face.
August 10, 2004
this is a movie about Tokyo as much as it's a movie about three friends and a baby.
May 10, 2004
The greatest danger for Tokyo Godfathers is that it's read as drama when, in fact, it's a gentle, often delightful, slapstick comedy.
March 29, 2004
Tugs at the heart more than it warms it...a lovely-looking film, but hardly the emotional powerhouse some are suggesting.
March 26, 2004
Kon provides a gritty depiction of Tokyo street life, but balances it with a dose of fantasy (it is Christmas, after all) and comically exaggerated characters.
March 26, 2004
Does have a few things going for it, including some effectively dramatic plot points, as well as some unexpected twists.
March 25, 2004
One of the most moving, enjoyable and wholly unconventional Christmas stories to come along in a long time.
March 1, 2004
A convincing salute to family but, more distinctively, it's also a salute to the real-life difficulty of keeping one together.
March 1, 2004
It's an affecting, all too human drama that plays out against Ike Nobutaka's gorgeous art direction, where snow falls softly on the neon city, blanketing even decrepit dark corners in a sad beauty.
February 27, 2004
Demonstrates an idiosyncratic human touch. Kon is unafraid of the unseemly and unsightly.
February 24, 2004
It's a pretty film, in addition to being a thoughtful one.
February 23, 2004
Tokyo Godfathers is one of those rare little gems of a film that comes along only very occasionally.
February 22, 2004
while Satoshi is packing his film with all kinds of deeper meaning, he also has time for car chases, offbeat laughs and a climatic rescue right out of a Jackie Chan movie
February 19, 2004
A schmaltzy story gets grit from an unlikely place: animation.
February 13, 2004
See this film, open your mind to it, and I swear it'll open your heart for you.
February 13, 2004
Losing little in translation, the anime from director Satoshi Kon uses sentiment and sharp writing to shatter whatever cultural barriers may block its path.
February 13, 2004
Laced with screwball comedy and high-speed action, the film encompasses more complex themes than the usual sugar-coated "spirit of Christmas."
February 6, 2004
Gritty yet surprisingly touching story.
February 6, 2004
As visually accomplished as Tokyo Godfathers is, the story is the most primitive form of drama, one that counts on improbable coincidence to propel the story to its sudden, implausibly symbolic conclusion.
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