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Tokyo Story (T˘ky˘ monogatari) Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 7, 2015
It's entirely possible that Tokyo Story isn't the best movie ever made. But I suspect that it might be the most perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Cole Smithey
April 6, 2015
[VIDEO ESSAY] Yasujir˘ Ozu's beloved masterpiece of postwar Japanese cinema speaks to audiences from all backgrounds because of the cross-generational familial truths that the prolific director/co-writer lovingly metes out.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
December 19, 2013
It soon becomes clear that they have planned their trip at a bad time; it is equally clear that every time is a bad time.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 19, 2012
With its debt to Leo McCarey's 'Make Way for Tomorrow,' Yasujiro Ozu's 'Tokyo Story' is no less true, shattering, and not for viewers fretting about unsympathetic grown-up children.
Christian Blauvelt
Slant Magazine
November 24, 2010
In this exquisite merging of specific and universal, infinite and infinitesimal, Tokyo Story perhaps most clearly illuminates that Ozu is not the most Japanese of filmmakers, but the most human.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Eric Hynes
Village Voice
November 23, 2010
Ozu's long shots, knee-high camera placement, and collapsed perspective -- as gorgeous and unsettling as a CÚzanne -- gather power over the duration, but time itself is the master's most potent weapon.
Anton Bitel
Projected Figures
September 1, 2010
Ozu has made a film as simple in form and complex in nature as life itself. Here, every viewer is cast as a tourist, and yet will feel right at home.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
May 18, 2010
These characters never surprise us with anything showy, lurid, or sensational. They're ordinary human beings, treated with fierce attention that feels like deep respect.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
January 5, 2010
This remains one of the most approachable and moving of all cinema's masterpieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
January 5, 2010
Ozu may have made subtler films, but the clarity of his social critique here is wrenching and unassailable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)
January 5, 2010
Newcomers to Ozu must be prepared for a rigidly controlled work with no mobile-camera shots. This style elegantly frames the delicate performances, which in turn do justice to the wisdom and compassion of Ozu's view of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kevin Maher
Times (UK)
January 5, 2010
Ostensibly a snapshot of postwar Japan in the midst of profound cultural change, it is the movie's painful depiction of familial disintegration that remains universal today.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
January 5, 2010
This 1953 classic is one of the cinema's most profound and moving studies of married love, ageing and the relations between parents and children. It is flawless and rewards numerous viewings.

Sky Movies
January 5, 2010
A difficult film to describe without making it seem less than the masterpiece it is, 'Tokyo Story' is a remarkable work that gives a real insight into family life.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Total Film
January 5, 2010
A quiet, devastating poignancy that gently envelops you en route to an absolute tear-streamer of an ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
January 5, 2010
Yasujiro Ozu was a master film-maker who specialised in middle-class family melodramas known in Japanese as shomin-geki, and this moving story is one of his finest achievements.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
January 5, 2010
Ozu only has to train his camera on a face to uncover a sense of resignation, or longing, or loneliness, and the mood, if you allow it, becomes quite overwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The way Ozu builds up emotional empathy for a sense of disappointment in its various characters is where his mastery lies.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dan Callahan
January 31, 2005
Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story might be his masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 30, 2004
Ozu doesn't sentimentalize or condemn; he merely observes human nature with calm and clarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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