• Studio: Tartan
  • Release Date: Mar 19, 2003
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5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

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Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
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  1. Reygadas is both a sophisticate and a primitive: He sets up his film as a religious allegory, with the nameless painter as a kind of suffering Christ and the old woman--whose name is Ascen, as in Ascension--as his redeemer.
  2. 70
    A dense, challenging work by any measure, Japón snakes toward a justly celebrated final shot that's technically astonishing and immensely powerful, cementing the arrival of a promising new talent.
  3. 88
    Doesn't have the crossover appeal of the Mexican sexcapade "Y Tu Mama Tambien," but it does herald the arrival of an audacious young filmmaker. We can't wait to see what he does next.