Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Aug 12, 2011
    80
    Kudos to both director and music supervisor for thinking outside the source music box. [Jun 2011, p.47]
  2. May 19, 2011
    80
    The visionary meditations of John Tavener are a touchstone, and though used sparingly in the film's final cut, this dark, unsettling music stands proudly on its own. [May 2011, p.87]
  3. May 18, 2011
    80
    His score for this Murakami adaptation is just as striking, referencing Vaughan Williams and Shostakovich in a manner similar to such 20th century Japanese magpie composers as Hayasaka and Hashimoto. [May 2011, p.112]
  4. Mar 23, 2011
    70
    Though it has become something of a tired old format in much incidental music for the moving image, Greenwood shows how the string orchestra remains a descriptive force in the right hands.
  5. Mar 23, 2011
    70
    It's a solid addition to Greenwood's burgeoning catalogue, and worthy of a listen in its own right.
  6. Mar 23, 2011
    70
    Part Arvo Part and Part Brian Eno, Greenwood continues to impress.
  7. 60
    A couple of tracks feature delicate tracery of classical guitar, but the most baffling feature of the album is the inclusion of three old tracks by Can, which possess a lightness, and dynamic character somewhat absent in the rest of the score.
  8. Mar 23, 2011
    60
    The problem with any soundtrack is that, in isolation, something gets lost and there's no exception here, but it serves as a showcase for a virtuoso performer with the dexterity to excel within any discipline.

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