Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Understated acting and brilliant use of wide-screen black-and-white cinematography.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Quiet, powerful, contemplative, respectful of stillness, Eureka is the first film this year in which there is obvious greatness.
  3. 75
    Special note should be made of real-life sister and brother Aoi and Masaru Miyazaki, who give beautiful performances as the children.
  4. 100
    One of the year's best films, and certainly its most challenging so far: At more than three hours, watching it is less like consuming entertainment and more like living.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    It's never dull -- beautifully acted and handsomely shot in sepia-toned Cinemascope.
  6. Aoyama's monochrome images are filled with a simple shadowy beauty and his scenes are rich in tender sensitivity and empathy.
  7. 90
    A film of rare tenderness and mystery.
  8. To watch this film, in short, can be a transforming experience.
  9. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Builds steadily through a series of masterfully orchestrated modulations to a final act without shattering revelations or lofty dramatic peaks but with a quiet, formidable power.
  10. Eureka demands active attention, but rewards it with emotional resonance, thematic complexity and a succession of images that take up permanent residence in our brains.
  11. Wrenching performances and painstaking visual and thematic compositions.
  12. Never feels inflated -- and it builds to an ending of unusual power.
  13. A work that demands patience, and it will easily exasperate some moviegoers.
  14. Slow -- sometimes maddeningly, soporifically so.
  15. 80
    A completely different order of cinematic existence than any other film you're likely to see in the near or distant future.
  16. Reviewed by: Fred Camper
    The compositions and camera movement are both precise and elegant.
  17. His (Aoyama) existential odyssey is so attenuated and aloof that he turns suffering into an art thing.
  18. 70
    Eureka is, quite extraordinarily, never dull.
  19. Reviewed by: Nicole Arthur
    The film's loveliness does much to modulate its often maddening pace.
  20. 50
    You may find yourself spellbound or colossally irritated; it's a close call either way.
  21. Eureka never comes to life. -- In pursuing its aesthetic agenda so single-mindedly, the movie leaves the characters behind in the muck.

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