All About Lily Chou-Chou
All About Lily Chou-Chou (2002)

Wildly popular filmmaker Shunji Iwai breaks a three-year hiatus following his less than successful April Story with this elliptical drama about teenaged alienation, violence, and celebrity. The film centers on Yuichi Hasumi (Hayato… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 15, 2005
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Peter Howell
Toronto Star

For all of its insights into the dream world of teen life, and its electronic expression through cyber culture, the film gives no quarter to anyone seeking to pull a cohesive story out of its 2 1/2-hour running time.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

A hypnotic cyber hymn and a cruel story of youth culture.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

It is remarkable not for its flamboyance but for its stark honesty, captivating visual flair, and a style of filmmaking that differs from anything on this side of the Pacific.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This movie is maddening. It conveys a simple message in a visual style that is willfully overwrought.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

While the story's undeniably hard to follow, Iwai's gorgeous visuals seduce.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The gutsy film didn't help itself by making it so difficult to follow the story and by being so morose.

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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

Once you get into its rhythm ... the movie becomes a heady experience.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Bravura, ambitious and profoundly disturbing. It is also a daunting, demanding experience, one whose complex structure makes it a challenge to track despite literate subtitles.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

One thing is for sure: This movie does not tell you a whole lot about Lily Chou-Chou.

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Cynthia S.
If watching other people's home movies, and chatlogs, about new age mumbo jumbo appeals to you, knock yourself out--but I was too bored to give this movie… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
As pointless and missguided in it's social/media commentary as, say, Suicide Club. But at least not as stupid and irresponsable as the late. Still, quite… More
JY Skacto
Shunji Iwai's <i>All About Lily Chou-Chou</i> is one of those films that stands out on its own.<p>The story is quite unique and so is the… More
Saskia D.
There are quite some different opinions about this movie, mine is that I liked it although it took me a while to get into it. Young people are so relentless!!… More
Stella Dallas
all about teen angst and the need to make connections and sense of the world. good cinematography, strange narrative structure. it will frustrate alot of… More
Drew Smith
It's confusing and very slow, but accesses a very different part of the viewer's emotion. The movie is a tonally bizarre look at bullying and social… More