Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    A wildly entertaining detective thriller that succeeds entirely on its own terms.
  2. 40
    A mildly amusing Japanese appropriation of 1950's American detective movies.
  3. Mostly an unfunny, rather dull affair.
  4. 50
    The gangster-movie plot, themes, and allusions aren't nearly as intriguing as the earnestly kitschy black-and-white wide-screen images or the mesmerizing, minimalist sound effects.
  5. Segues confidently from broad humor to tense drama.
  6. 80
    At heart, a work of infectious, unironic affection.
  7. 91
    Beautifully acted, the film is touchingly human and, thankfully, devoid of any vapid, ironic kitsch.
  8. Kaizo Hayashi's homage to noir B movies, both Japanese and American, is successful as a true labor of love.

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