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  • Summary: It's summer and nine-year old Masao (Sekiguchi) has no one to play with. He decides to go in search of the mother he has never met. Kikujiro (Takeshi), a brash, loudmouthed and irresponsible adult, agrees to accompany him on his quest. Ultimately, the two of them end up at a destination that neither of them could have imagined. (Sony Pictures Classics) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25
  1. A heart-tugger made totally irresistible because of the combination of Kitano's wry, sly sense of humor and his rigorous detachment.
  2. 75
    This genial, lyrical little movie seems guaranteed to broaden Kitano's fan base in the United States.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Kitano's first major comedy is loose and likable.
  6. 40
    Ends up a flabby vehicle for the most banal of road-movie messages: The journey's the thing; the goal inevitably disappoints.
  7. The film isn't just bad; it's a barely coherent, inert mess -- a heart-tugger for voidoids.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jul 14, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand 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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  2. JamesM
    Dec 11, 2005
    10
    Takeshi Kitano, one of the worlds greatest direcotrs, made this amazing film to almost no critical attention. How this is possible I have no idea. This was a magnificent, funny, moving, incredible film that is perfect for when you're feeling down. 10/10 Collapse
  3. 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, this is a very good choice Expand
  4. 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 be near as good without it. Expand

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