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  • Summary: A lonely Japanese woman (Rinko Kikuchi) becomes convinced that a satchel of money buried and lost in a fictional film, is in fact, real. With a crudely drawn treasure map and limited preparation, she escapes her structured life in Tokyo and embarks on a foolhardy quest across the frozenA lonely Japanese woman (Rinko Kikuchi) becomes convinced that a satchel of money buried and lost in a fictional film, is in fact, real. With a crudely drawn treasure map and limited preparation, she escapes her structured life in Tokyo and embarks on a foolhardy quest across the frozen tundra of Minnesota in search of her mythical fortune. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    Dec 19, 2014
    91
    The genius of Kikuchi’s performance is that – by the end – her slow descent into mania humanizes Kumiko precisely when it would have been so easy to reduce her into caricature.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Jan 26, 2014
    90
    At every turn, we can sense what’s going on behind Kumiko’s doleful, downcast eyes; Kikuchi pulls us deeply into her world.
  3. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Mar 12, 2015
    83
    Is Kumiko simply naive, or is she mentally ill? The film’s perfect ending doesn’t try to solve that riddle, but it will make you feel as if you’ve just seen something hypnotically original.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Mar 17, 2015
    75
    The serene and forlorn snowscapes echo the Coen Brothers’ greatest movie, and the story evolves from quest to odyssey as Kumiko clings to her delusion and we start to wonder if maybe this loon isn’t onto something, that maybe the Coens WERE trying to tell us something. And only Kumiko and the Zellners figured that out.
  5. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Mar 17, 2015
    70
    A delicate, haunting study of a woman who has in several senses lost her way.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Mar 17, 2015
    67
    Ultimately, despite Kikuchi’s expressively dour performance and David Zellner’s formal invention... Kumiko feels like a collection of amusing and/or depressing riffs stitched together within a context that barely matters.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Mar 17, 2015
    20
    There can hardly be a bigger waste of time than this piece of twee nonsense.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Mar 30, 2015
    8
    A delightfully whimsical comedy-drama about having faith in one's dreams, no matter how off the map they might be. Exquisitely dry humor andA delightfully whimsical comedy-drama about having faith in one's dreams, no matter how off the map they might be. Exquisitely dry humor and Rinko Kikuchi's charming, deadpan, oddball performance make for one of the more esoterically funny films to have been released in quite some time. This one won't appeal to everyone, but those with an off-the-wall sense of humor will surely appreciate this one. Expand
  2. May 2, 2015
    5
    Much like Kumiko's character, this treasure hunt will likely leave you feeling empty and hoping for a better world. It's overtly artsyMuch like Kumiko's character, this treasure hunt will likely leave you feeling empty and hoping for a better world. It's overtly artsy atmosphere shrouds a superb lead performance from Rinko Kikuchi. Expand
  3. Apr 4, 2015
    2
    This is a great 30 minutes ART film. Can't relate to the main character, it is excrutiating. The premise has little to do with the movie.This is a great 30 minutes ART film. Can't relate to the main character, it is excrutiating. The premise has little to do with the movie. Don't be taken in by the critics. Yes, this is definitely different, but so it getting my foot run over. Expand
  4. Apr 4, 2015
    1
    Oy. this was painful to sit through. There was no reason to root for or care about the mentally ill lead character. The continuity issues wereOy. this was painful to sit through. There was no reason to root for or care about the mentally ill lead character. The continuity issues were copious and distracting. It was beautiful to look at, but not engaging at all. Expand

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