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Oddball Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa directed this haunting police thriller about murder, mind control, and the power of charisma. Police Detective Takabe (Koji Yakusho) is tracking a series of bizarre murders, all committed in exactly the same manner: a giant X is slashed in the flesh of the victims. But that's where the similarities end. In each case, seemingly well-adjusted people suddenly kill without understanding why. Baffled, Takabe consults his psychologist friend Sakuma (Tsuyoshi Ujiki), who finds no relationships among the perpetrators and rules out any connection with the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's unsatisfying as a story precisely because it aspires to create a mounting sense of dread by enlarging questions rather than answering them."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Tough to shake even when it feels more like an exercise than a movie."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Fragmented identity becomes the ultimate horror"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"...what is this, an episode of The Flintstones?"
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Kurosawa definitely has a strong visual style and a knack for spinning engrossing, if not bizarre, stories that cross the genre divide."
‑ Spence D., IGN Movies
"Tone and atmosphere mirror subject to perfection in Kiyoshi Kurosawa's hypnotic trip into the lower depths of the human mind."
‑ David Rooney, Variety
"A fascinating artifact as well as a most engrossing thriller."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"There is no clear-cut conclusion. The film is not wrapped up in a nice neat little package. Kurosawa shows us a glimpse into this strange world and then pulls away, leaving us to figure out the answers, answers that may never come."
‑ , Film Threat
"The approach is not an especially deep one, and in Cure it's given more deliberation than it can bear."
‑ Jake Euker, Filmcritic.com
"An effective piece of shock cinema."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"It's well enough acted and directed to advance Kurosawa's claim to be taken as an important new voice in Japanese cinema."
‑ , Time Out
"Cure has a cumulative power of horror which even seasoned filmgoers will not be able to resist."
‑ Ray Conlogue, Globe and Mail
"The single best horror film I've seen this century."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Though there's a memorable final confrontation in the protagonist's mind, and a heck of a closing, most of the film's second half isn't nearly moody enough."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"A movie to get lost in."
‑ Ross Williams, Film Threat
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