Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 91
    This is a first-class film that will appeal to anyone who wants to see a plausible, witty, absorbing human story told well -- indeed, told gorgeously.
  2. As with the greatest animated films, the triumph of Kon's work lies not just in its beauty and singularly sophisticated storytelling but in how that beauty and storytelling combine to give the films a sting so human you can forget you're watching a cartoon.
  3. Part of the spell cast by this magical film is its ability to make an unvarnished political statement about economic reality and social alienation while, at the same time, seducing its audience into believing in the transformative power of love and the almost supernatural beauty of the everyday.
  4. A spellbinding piece of Japanese anime from one of the form's new masters, director-writer Satoshi Kon.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Dec 31, 2014
    9
    "Tokyo godfathers" tells you a better story about family, love, people and life in 1h 32 than all of the movie on these subject made by"Tokyo godfathers" tells you a better story about family, love, people and life in 1h 32 than all of the movie on these subject made by DreamWorks Animation, 20th century Fox and Universal put together, for a 100th of what one of their movie costs.
    It's simple, the first time I saw that film, I left the theater and felt much lighter than I was when I stepped in.
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  2. Dec 22, 2014
    10
    Being a story of love, human kindness, and friendship; Tokyo Godfathers seamlessly integrates its themes within a loving, emotional, andBeing a story of love, human kindness, and friendship; Tokyo Godfathers seamlessly integrates its themes within a loving, emotional, and spirited Christmas tale. Full Review »
  3. JeffT.
    Jun 3, 2006
    10
    Half these critics don't know squat. One of the best movies in recent years that's not just extremely entertaining... it also stays Half these critics don't know squat. One of the best movies in recent years that's not just extremely entertaining... it also stays with you. You owe it to yourself to watch it. Full Review »