Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. The movie's underlying theme is the complex relationship between objects and memories, worked out through a taut, compelling story and superbly understated acting. Ryuichi Sakamoto composed the atmospheric score.
  2. 90
    Movies can't exactly replicate the feeling of reading a book, but Jun Ichikawa's adaptation of Haruki Murakami's short story Tony Takitani comes remarkably close.
  3. 100
    No adventurous filmgoer will want to miss Tony Takitani.
  4. Reviewed by: Neva Chonin
    A visual poem.
  5. It's a film for specialized tastes, quiet, delicate. But it suits those tastes beautifully.
  6. It's a quiet dream of a movie, a vision of loneliness giving way to love, then to loneliness again; it's like "Vertigo" remade in a sedately haunted style of Japanese lyricism.
  7. 91
    A haunting, melancholy fable, Tony Takitani is the kind of film that could seem tedious from a mere description. Approached with the right mind-set, however, it's a hypnotic mood piece on love and loss, one that knows -- at 75 minutes -- not to overstay its welcome.
  8. 100
    An exquisite film, as elegant and precise as an impeccably cut diamond. It's small in scale but wholly mesmerizing, holding us captive as it demonstrates how much enveloping richness can be conveyed with a minimalist style.
  9. 90
    The hues are so muted you may remember this as a black-and-white film, but its emotions are as vivid as primary colors.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. JabezM.
    Dec 5, 2006
    This film, while admittedly short on narrative and action, has some of the most beautiful and haunting images I have ever seen in a film. They remain with me more than a year after viewing. With the proper mindset and expectations, Tony Takitani is richly rewarding. Full Review »
  2. StephenQ.
    Jul 28, 2006
    A Must see for the open-minded. A slow, engaging, thoughtful and emotionally fulfiled film. It relies on atmosphere, setting and color to really imprint the emotions of each scene. If you sit through it and pay attention, you'll look back and feel impacted. I was. Full Review »
  3. MartinS.
    May 29, 2006
    The very definition of meandering. The writer ran out of material 5 minutes into the movie. A terrible dissapointment.