Guilty Of Romance
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A dramatic account of three women and their lives, seen through the looking glass of sex, words, madness, death, and family, Guilty of Romance - the new crime noir from the award-winning director Sion Sono (Love Exposure, Cold Fish) - tells the tale of three women entangled in a mystery...a mystery that is the gate to a hell -bound love like no other! Bombarding the audience with graphic images and assaulting the emotions with classical music, Sion Sono has produced a movie that provokes all your senses, blending genres of film noir with drama and mystery, and showcasing the directors… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[A] sickening, lush mystery about two female corpses, each partly a severed human and partly a mannequin."
‑ Miriam Bale, New York Times
"A cautionary morality play offering a new take on the world's oldest profession."
‑ Kam Williams, Baret News
"The whole is about one-quarter as good as Bunuel's Belle de Jour, which its plot vaguely resembles."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"One gets the sense the director has become so enamoured the details that he's lost sight of the destination.."
‑ Xan Brooks, Guardian [UK]
"Filmed in garish colours like an explosion in a paint factory, it's more style than content, but diverting all the same."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"Mostly, Guilty of Romance seems content allowing characters to verbally abuse each other before eventually reaching the inevitable conclusion that life is a burden and all love is illusory."
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Village Voice
"Though it begins with the aesthetic and conceptual rigor of Blade Runner, it quickly veers toward the gratuitous outlandishness of a Bruce La Bruce film."
‑ Diego Costa, Slant Magazine
"It's a film I primarily watched with my jaw in my lap wondering what the hell I was going to witness next."
‑ Mark Stafford, Electric Sheep
"Sono uses seemingly incompatible materials to construct a patchwork film as grotesquely hybrid as the corpses at its centre. It may be overlong and not a little bloated, but its sleaze both conceals and embodies moments of great sublimity."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"I'm starting to get the impression that Sion Sono is just really good at dressing up nonsense. An indisputably talented filmmaker and gut-churner, he knows how to make the audience putty in his hands. But to what end?"
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Kagurazaka throws all of herself into her performance. It's the key to selling the outsized emotions and making the over-the-top brutality work to its intended effect."
‑ Dan Schindel, Movie Mezzanine
"As bizarrely moralist as it is transgressive."
‑ Michael Nordine, Slant Magazine
"A stylish but fatally unfocused piece."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"More of a conversational set piece than anything else, it's more for people interested in the role of female sexuality in Japanese culture than your average moviegoer."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Sono's wicked sense of humour still runs throughout Guilty of Romance, but there are also literary references to Franz Kafka's The Castle, a murder that would not have been out of place in Se7en and a whole lot of sex."
‑ Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
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