Outrage

Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Nov 27, 2011
    90
    Focusing on the absurdly ultraviolent tit-for-tat tussles among a trio of Tokyo crime families, the film is a beautifully staged marvel that confidently reasserts Kitano's considerable cinematic gifts.
  2. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Nov 28, 2011
    88
    It's a brilliant reversal that, while seemingly far less inspired than most of the director's efforts, leaves us with a film that's just as iconoclastic.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Dec 1, 2011
    80
    Though it may at times seem like just another Japanese gangster picture, in Outrage, Kitano's sense of pacing is so precise, at once restrained and relentless, that the film becomes a vortex, pulling audiences in deeper and deeper.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Dec 1, 2011
    80
    His (Takeshi) sense of style is very much in evidence here, and so is his sense of humor.
  5. Reviewed by: Maggie Lee
    Nov 27, 2011
    80
    As violent, amoral and misanthropic as a Jacobean play, Outrage is Takeshi Kitano's first yakuza flick since "Brother" (2000), and arguably his best film in a decade.
  6. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Dec 2, 2011
    75
    The editing (by Kitano) and lensing are stylish and guaranteed to keep viewers hooked through the final rubout.
  7. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Dec 1, 2011
    75
    On the one hand, Outrage suffers from a cold removal from the events portrayed onscreen, mainly a series of arguments and gory acts of retribution. It's often a terrible bore. But the stylish execution renders many moments into imminently watchable pastiche.
  8. Reviewed by: Ben Sachs
    Jan 5, 2012
    70
    Kitano is clearly enjoying his powers as a master of the form, and the movie invites the viewer to share in his enjoyment.
  9. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Dec 27, 2011
    70
    Even when a guy is getting stabbed in the ear with a chopstick, Outrage is so controlled you're liable to go mad watching it. Somehow both stifling and beautiful, it's the Salo of Yakuza pictures.
  10. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Dec 1, 2011
    70
    Not everything is as elegantly executed, including a tiresome, would-be comic subplot involving an African diplomat and a clandestine casino that drags the story down badly and comes close to noxious racial stereotype.
  11. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Nov 29, 2011
    70
    Like one of its yakuza bigs, Outrage commands respect but no affection.
  12. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jan 4, 2012
    63
    It is also a film of controlled visual style; Kitano's compositions are like arrangements of bodies in space and time. That said, and with all due respect, I expected a better time.
  13. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Dec 8, 2011
    63
    The filmmaking is cool, watchful, and ultimately too distanced. Outrage isn't outrageous enough, and it hurts.
  14. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Dec 2, 2011
    60
    The good news about Outrage, his grisly return to the genre, is that Kitano doesn't have to shake the rust off - his impeccable compositions and clean, minimalist sound design are still calibrated for maximum impact. Even as dozens of bodies pile up, each act of violence feels as bracing as the sound of a gunshot ripping through the night air.
  15. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Dec 1, 2011
    60
    The primary response he's (Kitano) seeking seems best expressed by one typically ill-fated player: "What the hell … ?"
  16. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Nov 29, 2011
    60
    At its best, Outrage offers a meat-and-potatoes look at an age when battles of honor and humanity are AWOL in yakuza society. As things wind toward the inevitable hierarchical breakdown, however, the movie too often resembles a repetitive cycle of tough guys shouting, shooting and shuffling off this mortal coil.
  17. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Dec 16, 2011
    50
    On its own terms and against all odds, "Outrage" is adequately entertaining, with more than enough cringe-inducing violence and cruel humor to please the average American moviegoer. But true Kitano fans will find its title sadly ironic.
  18. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Dec 8, 2011
    50
    Many scenes in Outrage are crisply filmed and stylish enough, as serial assassinations go. But the film doesn't add up to much.
  19. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Dec 1, 2011
    50
    Outrage is compelling to watch until it becomes exhausting.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jun 15, 2013
    6
    Outrage is a disappointing return to the Yakuza genre by Kitano Takeshi. The film offers some truly brutal violence but little else. Where hasOutrage is a disappointing return to the Yakuza genre by Kitano Takeshi. The film offers some truly brutal violence but little else. Where has the offbeat charm that defined Takeshi's previous movies gone? The film might well be striving to push the point that violence begets violence and is thus ultimately pointless, but the pointlessness of it all makes this movie pointless. Um... It's solid, I suppose but I was hoping for much more. Full Review »
  2. Dec 6, 2011
    5
    I was expecting better things for no particular reason. I felt like a lot of the movie was forced to try and seem a certain way when it onlyI was expecting better things for no particular reason. I felt like a lot of the movie was forced to try and seem a certain way when it only came of as corny. The acting at times was atrocious, or maybe Chinese/ Japanese people have very dramatic facial expressions? Subtitles always ad somewhat of a strain to movies but I still had real trouble connecting or believing much of what was going on. I then began having trouble recalling which people went with which families and why they began to dislike the other, and how it benefited one side or the other. It had a few interesting gory deaths/ beatings but uit became quite repetitive. Overall I felt it was pretty poor, as a lover of most Yakuza/ Mafia movies and felt I had wasted my time watching. Full Review »
  3. Dec 5, 2011
    6
    It's not nearly as engaging as other Yakuza movies I've seen in the last few years. Sure, there's plenty of violence, some comedy, andIt's not nearly as engaging as other Yakuza movies I've seen in the last few years. Sure, there's plenty of violence, some comedy, and creative killing. But it's tough to get behind any of the characters. Full Review »