Universal acclaim - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    Painful family issues are more likely to stay beneath the surface, known to everyone but not spoken of. Still Walking, a magnificent new film from Japan, is very wise about that, and very true.
  2. Pitch-perfect and profoundly moving.
  3. The director has said that, though the story was inspired by the deaths of his parents, he hoped to make a film "brimming with life." He's succeeded.
  4. We are in the presence of a new classic.
  5. 100
    This small gem of a movie always feels true and real as it gently reveals the quiet moments that define our lives.
  6. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    The movie seems like a perfect found object, as if it had always existed and was just waiting to be uncovered.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Quite aside from Shinto transformation parables or Buddhist reincarnation teachings, the final scene shows how family wisdom is conserved and recycled. It's a moment that might elicit a smile or a tear, or perhaps both.
  8. Reviewed by: Anthony Kaufman
    Koreeda imbues the story with such specificity, tactility, and humanity that yet another movie about a dysfunctional family reunion becomes a cinematic tone poem.
  9. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Its modest surface belies the depths of a lovely seriocomedy that concisely lays bare all kinds of uncomfortable dynamics in seemingly casual, low-key fashion.
  10. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    One of the more accomplished and beautiful films released thus far this year.
  11. Koreeda was inspired by his guilt over having neglected his own parents, and the story is remarkable for the quiet, seemingly casual way he depicts the fallout of bitterness and grief.
  12. 88
    The tone is perfect; this is one of those rare films that, despite being rooted firmly in the world around us, is utterly absorbing and capable of reducing the immediacies of life into abstract thoughts in the back of one's mind.
  13. A miniaturist's masterpiece, the ebb and flow of familial love distilled to its essence.
  14. The film pays off in the end when, almost imperceptibly, the rush of emotions it stirs in us rises to a soft crescendo.
  15. Reviewed by: Maggie Lee
    Kore-eda listens to his characters' inner thoughts with the attentiveness of a piano tuner, and reveals them with the lightest inferences.
  16. An usually insightful rendering of an ordinary family, Hirokazu Kore-eda's contemplative Japanese drama is the sort of movie that makes its greatest impact long after you've seen it.
  17. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Subtle and multi-layered film-making with compelling performances.
  18. This is life as it’s lived, not dreamed. And this is a family bound not only by sorrow, but also by a shared history that emerges in 114 calibrated minutes and ends with a wallop.
  19. 75
    Koreeda, talented director that he is, never allows the story to sink into soap-opera melodrama, and he refrains from pointing fingers.
  20. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    There’s nothing static about Still Walking.’ The presence of three kids sees to that, as does the eloquence of Kore-eda’s framing and compositions.
  21. A film of droll and dry observational precision, its emotional minimalism is almost fetishistic -- and, by the end, a tad frustrating.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jun 18, 2012
    A pleasantly heart-warming film expresses Growth, Change, Sacrifice, Forgiveness, and The Road we all have to travel as we get older. Promoting a true sense of the importance of family. A perfect family movie for everyone. Full Review »
  2. nickj.
    Sep 11, 2009
    This is the most affecting and beautiful film of 2009. At the hear of the story is a tale of a family torn apart, and all the opportunities they lost. Beautiful, sad, and haunting cinema. Full Review »
  3. skip
    Sep 7, 2009
    First time commenting but had to chime in on this gem of a film. Absolutely beautiful little family drama...completely unforced and authentic relationships and gorgeous filmmaking all around. Can't recommend highly enough! Full Review »