Fear and Trembling

User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 3 out of 13

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  1. TS
    Jan 10, 2005
    3
    Too weird and unbelievable to be funny. The jokes (if any) were strained and directed to an audience that knew nothng about Japan, but felt they did on pretense. Sylvie Testud did a decent job on the language!
  2. PeterQ.
    Jan 21, 2005
    10
    A funny, endearing, intelligent movie! Don't miss it.
  3. ClaudiawV.
    Mar 7, 2005
    10
    I think this movie is absolutely amazing, not only for the entertainment value but also from the lesson that can be learned from it. Sometimes being yourself can cause problems in unfamiliar territory.
  4. jack
    Mar 19, 2005
    3
    The movie has a theme that could be good (cross cultural confusion). It's supposed to be a satire, but the situations are brought to such an extreme that they become silly. One silly and unbelievable episode is piled upon another until it all becomes a tedious ordeal. Why in the world would a cultivated woman allow herself to be put into such demeaning and embarrassing positions The movie has a theme that could be good (cross cultural confusion). It's supposed to be a satire, but the situations are brought to such an extreme that they become silly. One silly and unbelievable episode is piled upon another until it all becomes a tedious ordeal. Why in the world would a cultivated woman allow herself to be put into such demeaning and embarrassing positions rather than just quit the damn job? What's so funny about humiliation. Is this really supposed to be a study in masochism? Expand
  5. ValG
    Mar 21, 2005
    10
    This movie is very, very funny if you are familar with Japanese culture ... or if you are aware that differences exist between cultures. The actions of the company employees are not be typical for a Japanese company but it is this extreme protrayal of their actions which keep you laughing at the absurdity. A great companion to Lost in Translation.
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    80
    Classy, funny cross-cultural adventure is Alain Corneau's most accomplished and entertaining film since 1991's "Tous les matins du monde."
  2. Reviewed by: David Ng
    40
    A culture-clash comedy that takes the notion of Japanese otherness to ludicrous extremes.
  3. Mr. Corneau, an eclectic director with a mildly perverse sensibility, turns the conflict of cultures into a psychodrama that is at once lighthearted and intense.