Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 80
    Except for a few slow patches, the movie is compulsively watchable: You keep waiting to see just how sick things are going to get.
  2. A disturbing, and disturbingly funny, twist on adolescent love, and Shiota captures the emotional avalanche with understanding.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Best of all is Tsugumi's wild performance.
  4. Surprisingly poignant, thanks to its enduring sense of tenderness.
  5. 63
    Newcomer Akihiko Shiota shows talent as a director, but he allows Sasayaki to go on too long.
  6. Good acting and understated filmmaking turn off-putting material into a mildly engrossing drama, if not a particularly compelling one.
  7. It's not always clear what this film is driving at, but Shiota makes the weirdness visually arresting.
  8. 50
    This dreamy, languorous farce offers a manageable strawberry-flavored alternative, a mildly kinky Hello Kitty sadomasochism.
  9. There's a little more sex than you'll see on WB, but mostly there's an atmosphere of brooding psychodrama and erotic cruelty that falls somewhere between "Cries and Whispers" and "Say Anything."

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