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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The episodes are too convoluted to get into.
  5. 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 22 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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