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  • Summary: A renegade film crew becomes embroiled with a yakuza clan feud.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
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  1. Reviewed by: Alonso Duralde
    Nov 11, 2014
    92
    Like so many memorable yet hard-to-describe movies, Why Don't You Play in Hell? takes a ridiculous concept and commits to it fully. You might laugh with surprise or shriek in horror — both, most likely — but you certainly won't dismiss it.
  2. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Nov 5, 2014
    89
    Why Don’t You Play in Hell? isn’t for everyone, but neither was Stravinsky’s "The Rite of Spring." Genius is genius, no matter how many audience members may riot.
  3. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    Nov 4, 2014
    83
    Mostly, the film's very funny, Sono displaying a sense of how to frame and time a visual gag that feels positively Zucker-ish. But there are real stakes, and bursts of real feeling too.
  4. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Nov 3, 2014
    75
    Refusing to mourn anything, displaying a Futurist-style disdain for the past, Sion Sono imagines a world in which static adherence to old ideas leads directly to doom.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Nov 4, 2014
    70
    The film's blast of self-mocking overkill can be charming.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Nov 6, 2014
    60
    Alternately exhilarating and tedious, Why Don’t You Play In Hell? is Sono’s tribute to moviemaking—specifically an elegy to 35mm film, though the tone could hardly be called mournful.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Nov 5, 2014
    50
    A Quentin Tarantino knockoff from Japan, Why Don’t You Play in Hell? has some of the master’s nutty energy but little of his cleverness.

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