Kikujirô no natsu

Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25

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  1. A heart-tugger made totally irresistible because of the combination of Kitano's wry, sly sense of humor and his rigorous detachment.
  2. 83
    It is off-putting at first, then refreshing, then downright touching. In short, it works.
  3. An experimental feature that keeps shooting off its ideas like an endless row of skyrockets, Kikujiro ultimately conveys this grief with such sustained intensity that it can only leave a scorched path of devastation in its aftermath.
  4. 75
    This genial, lyrical little movie seems guaranteed to broaden Kitano's fan base in the United States.
  5. 70
    In short, the film is emotional, perhaps even sentimental, but it strenuously avoids the sort of blatant manipulation that marks cheap sentimentality.
  6. Much of this movie is very funny, it has some genuinely endearing moments.
  7. The comic drama is refreshingly anti- sentimental but will break your heart anyway.
  8. 63
    If the movie finally doesn't work as well as it should, it may be because the material isn't a good fit for Kitano's hard-edged underlying style.
  9. No one has done the journey quite like Takeshi Kitano in Kikujiro
  10. 63
    Provides an arresting journey through the Japanese countryside and culture.
  11. When Kikijuro goes soft, the film falls apart, with him becoming a slapstick clown, mugging shamelessly to entertain Masao and the audience.
  12. 55
    The film has a standard trajectory, but the details are unpredictable: Kitano fluctuates between goofy pratfalls. . . and elliptical pathos.
  13. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    It's tough to think of another child-adult pairing in a long screen tradition with so little emotional kick.
  14. 50
    Beautiful camerawork, some interesting scenes, but extraordinarily slow.
  15. With a few quiet, moving scenes and a lovely ending, the film betrays an artist's touch, no matter how hard Kitano tries to make it look easy.
  16. Kitano's first major comedy is loose and likable.
  17. 40
    Appears to be a complete about-face for Kitano, and yet it's unmistakably his, both stylistically (the film is gorgeous to look at) and thematically.
  18. Not only is Kikujiro sweet and funny, it is, no doubt, Kitano's experimental "art film."
  19. 40
    Ends up a flabby vehicle for the most banal of road-movie messages: The journey's the thing; the goal inevitably disappoints.
  20. Dreamy touches can't compensate for the film's main flaw, which is that the relationship between the two main characters never really develops.
  21. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    38
    Even allowing for differences in national styles, Kikujiro sprawls and stumbles. It's a road movie that turns into its own detour.
  22. 30
    An overtly saccharine fairy tale of abandonment that is subverted by its own comic brutality. It's oddly affecting...which is to say, sad in a way that its maker might not have intended.
  23. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    20
    It does... apply Kitano's black-comic style to a different setting, and individual scenes sparkle with unexpected jokes, twists, and occasional cruelties.
  24. The episodes are too convoluted to get into.
  25. The film isn't just bad; it's a barely coherent, inert mess -- a heart-tugger for voidoids.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Aug 19, 2013
    8
    If you are finding something hilarious, with some point of Japanese-flavour nonsenses, and at the same time you don´t mind emotional chapters,If you are finding something hilarious, with some point of Japanese-flavour nonsenses, and at the same time you don´t mind emotional chapters, this is a very good choice Full Review »
  2. Jul 23, 2013
    7
    Warm and funny, and even sad at parts, Kikujiro is just a simple, lighthearted movie with absolutley beautiful music. And honestly wouldn't beWarm and funny, and even sad at parts, Kikujiro is just a simple, lighthearted movie with absolutley beautiful music. And honestly wouldn't be near as good without it. Full Review »
  3. Jul 14, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. What kind of critics reviewed this film...It's absolutely amazing, with a charming flow and a completely incredible soundtrack by the master Joe Hisaishi.
    The critics reviewed with a 44...this is not American Pie...believe me it's one of the best films I've ever seen...completely hilarious and dramatic fifty-fifty.
    The best of Kitano...he returned to childhood and amazed their fans!
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