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7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
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  1. StephanieR
    Nov 30, 2002
    10
    THIS MOVIE WAS GREAT!! I didn't stop laughing! If you like Cannibal: The Musical...you'll get a kick out of this film.
  2. EmmetO.
    Mar 12, 2003
    9
    A delight. Kitschly while flirting with schlock horror at the same time and then bound up with a moral about the importance of familial unity. The family's discovery of a corpse morphs into a bad 80's pop number, while a love song sends the daughter of the family into an epileptic fit. Confirms just how much better Chicago would have been with the inclusion of corpses.
  3. WilliamG.
    Jun 1, 2005
    8
    Japanese cult director Takashi Miike, better known for his shocking and ultra-violent AUDITION and ICHI THE KILLER, creates a surprisingly cheerful and madcap musical, not without its share of comedic and horror elements. On occasion, entire scenes are done with claymation. While this might not appeal to some, this film is delightfully demented, and is one of the most original and Japanese cult director Takashi Miike, better known for his shocking and ultra-violent AUDITION and ICHI THE KILLER, creates a surprisingly cheerful and madcap musical, not without its share of comedic and horror elements. On occasion, entire scenes are done with claymation. While this might not appeal to some, this film is delightfully demented, and is one of the most original and eccentric films of the past decade. Like it or not, you'll have a hard time forgetting HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS. Expand
  4. AndrewM.
    Dec 11, 2002
    8
    Quite simply, the single most bizzare movie I've ever seen. _Am
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Occasionally, this film is funny and cute. When the family's little girl narrates, it reaches a level of humor that is ironic and endearing.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Grisly, yes, but it's all done in fun; having tried his hardest to shock audiences with his previous films, it now appears Miike simply wants to entertain, and he pulls out all the stops.
  3. 50
    It's all very zany. Occasionally it is even madcap. You would almost be tempted to smile at times, albeit weakly, if it weren't for Mr. Miike's habit of pounding home every joke with exaggerated reaction shots.