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Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Iwai's ambitious drama is strikingly shot, poignantly acted by a splendid young cast, and enriched by surprising use of Debussy classics on the soundtrack.
  2. 90
    A sprawling and adventurous tale of teen alienation, might just be the movie that pushes the Japanese new wave out of the film-geek ghetto.
  3. 88
    Awash in strangeness, a poem that details what it's like to be 13 at the end of a millennium.
  4. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    For all its digressions and occasional flat moments, Iwai's movie is a remarkable, acutely involving one, working on an emotional level that can only really be expressed through music -- a strong component in all of Iwai's pics.
  5. 70
    Shunji Iwae's film began life as an interactive online "novel" and unfolds in a series of achronological vignettes whose cumulative effect is chilling.
  6. There's an eerie coolness to this film that's quite unsettling and un-Oshima-like. Rather lengthy, it requires patience. But adventurous moviegoers aren't likely to mind.
  7. The concept was interesting and charming in "Love Letters," up to a point, but here it quickly becomes repetitive, obvious, and dull.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. ChadS.
    Jul 11, 2006
    After "All About Lily Chou Chou" pulls a switch-a-roo with its principal protagonist, and gives us a second boy to carry us down the stretch, it does take some time to adjust. A potentially great film is watered down slightly by a purposeful lack of clarity, which seems unnecessary because we already have the on-screen text to give the film a diffusive quality. But the soundtrack saves the day. "All About Lily Chou Chou", unlike any film I've ever seen, pins down the sacrosanct relationship between alienated teenagers and their music. Told with a little more convention, without necesarily sacrificing any narrative sophistication, this film could've been the equivalent of "The 400 Blows". Expand

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