Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Quiet, powerful, contemplative, respectful of stillness, Eureka is the first film this year in which there is obvious greatness.
  2. Reviewed by: Fred Camper
    The compositions and camera movement are both precise and elegant.
  3. Never feels inflated -- and it builds to an ending of unusual power.
  4. Understated acting and brilliant use of wide-screen black-and-white cinematography.
  5. Slow -- sometimes maddeningly, soporifically so.
  6. 80
    A completely different order of cinematic existence than any other film you're likely to see in the near or distant future.
  7. To watch this film, in short, can be a transforming experience.
  8. 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.
  9. 70
    Eureka is, quite extraordinarily, never dull.
  10. Wrenching performances and painstaking visual and thematic compositions.
  11. His (Aoyama) existential odyssey is so attenuated and aloof that he turns suffering into an art thing.
  12. 75
    Special note should be made of real-life sister and brother Aoi and Masaru Miyazaki, who give beautiful performances as the children.
  13. A work that demands patience, and it will easily exasperate some moviegoers.
  14. 50
    You may find yourself spellbound or colossally irritated; it's a close call either way.
  15. Aoyama's monochrome images are filled with a simple shadowy beauty and his scenes are rich in tender sensitivity and empathy.
  16. Eureka never comes to life. -- In pursuing its aesthetic agenda so single-mindedly, the movie leaves the characters behind in the muck.
  17. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    It's never dull -- beautifully acted and handsomely shot in sepia-toned Cinemascope.
  18. 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.
  19. 90
    A film of rare tenderness and mystery.
  20. 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.
  21. Reviewed by: Nicole Arthur
    The film's loveliness does much to modulate its often maddening pace.

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