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Tokyo Sonata (Tokyo Sonata) Reviews

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January 30, 2009
Intended as a satirical commentary on Japanese society, Tokyo Sonata frustrates mainly because its sharper insights are lost in the hotchpotch of ponderous drama and head-scratching farce.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 28, 2009
The story falls apart sooner than the family does.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
April 14, 2009
You can't always trust the promotional accolades that accompany some film releases.
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March 13, 2009
The effect of unemployment on a middle-class Japanese family makes for powerful storytelling until an awkward shift in tone about two-thirds of the way in.
January 30, 2009
The multiple plotting threatens to pull it apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 20, 2014
[H]ere, perhaps more urgently than ever before, it's about what happens when people confront the world outside, and what new, fragile connections they might begin to forge.
September 29, 2015
The family is just one of the nuclear units on the brink of systemic collapse in Kurosawa's mordant contemporary opus, which... builds up an edifice of wit around tragedy.
May 8, 2010
A horror film of a different sort from director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who made his reputation as a "J-horror" director of intelligent supernatural thrillers ...
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
April 9, 2009
We believe we know where Tokyo Sonata is going. We are wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 9, 2009
Each performance in this plaintive work is superb, but Kyoko Koizumi's gently melancholy portrait of the businessman's wife keeps Tokyo Sonata true and affecting.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 16, 2009
Tokyo Sonata probes Japanese society with an incisiveness and lucidity that renders it all the more relevant and universal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 19, 2009
The film in many ways is the bleakest indictment of contemporary Japanese culture I've seen. Yet it also functions as dark comedy, fierce character study and uplifting tale of redemption.
Read More | Original Score: A-
March 17, 2009
Worth seeing and hearing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 16, 2011
There's a lesson in Tokyo Story. The lesson has to do with kindness and human interaction.
September 10, 2008
The extraordinary thing is the way Kurosawa systematically dismantles the fabrics of the nuclear family.
March 16, 2009
Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Tokyo Sonata, is an unexpected pleasure -- not only because it's a departure from the J-horror films that made his name, but because it's also a startlingly rich, funny and strong drama, without a hint of the supernatural or unearthly.
March 13, 2009
An often captivating and engrossing drama with a sensitive, intelligent and tender screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.75/10
May 15, 2009
While the first half of Tokyo Sonata plays like a darkish comedy, the last half is both bleaker and more emotionally engaging.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 15, 2009
It may be a departure from his recent forays into J-horror, but in this family drama and allegory of contemporary Japanese anxieties, Kiyoshi Kurosawa is still rocking a haunted house.
October 13, 2008
Another of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's chilling portraits of micro and macro alienation, a family drama as chillingly controlled and despondent as the horror films that gained him international recognition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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