Tokyo Godfathers Reviews

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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.
February 6, 2004
I found myself alternately puzzled and transported by this unusual helping of anime.
January 30, 2004
Harrowing and heartwarming.
January 29, 2004
Social indifference and injustice plague the protagonists, as well as our own consciences. This may very well be the point of the whole exercise.
January 29, 2004
A spellbinding piece of Japanese anime from one of the form's new masters, director-writer Satoshi Kon.
January 29, 2004
The result is only occasionally pathos, the tone Kon seems to be striving for.
January 27, 2004
Tokyo Godfathers is the kind of old-fashioned, all-ages entertainment Hollywood used to churn out in live-action form before the era of niche marketing, when a good story sold a film.
January 23, 2004
A satisfying story that's greater than the sum of its parts.
January 23, 2004
Interesting stuff that's plain fun to watch.
January 23, 2004
Full of charm, grittiness and a solid storyline, the movie deserves an audience far beyond diehard animation fans.
January 22, 2004
... a sentimental fairy tale with a social conscience twist, brimming with practical "angels" who guide our homeless heroes through their harsh world.
January 18, 2004
A director's material is only as good as its presentation and Kon needs some lessons in streamlining his product.
January 17, 2004
May or may not remind you of John Wayne, but it will certainly remind you that Japanese animation is alive and well.
January 16, 2004
An ambitious and impressively inventive undertaking.
January 16, 2004
Has just enough astringent touches to keep it from sliding into sloppy sentimentality.
January 16, 2004
A gorgeous animated film that's as avid a tribute to the Japanese capital as Lost in Translation.
January 16, 2004
This is not Lost in Translation, but with subtitles it translates smartly enough.
January 16, 2004
Great animation can delight children or adults; truly great animation may delight both. But Tokyo Godfathers seems unlikely to enthrall either -- or be remembered much past the flicker of its final cel.
January 16, 2004
Director Kon goes heavy on the schmaltz, but it doesn't matter. He puts viewers in a comfy mode, where sentiment is a plus.
January 16, 2004
An anime movie made for people who don't necessarily like anime.
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