Metascore
89

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
    100
    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
    90
    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
    90
    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
    90
    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
    90
    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.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 20 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
    9
    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 »