Kikujiro
Kikujiro (2000)

After the success of Hana-Bi (1997), Takeshi Kitano, or 'Beat' Takeshi, as he is often called, made another film in which once again he is the director, screenwriter, editor, the leading player and the talent behind the art work.… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 12, 2000
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Courrier
Globe and Mail

... the slapstick and sentiment make for a queasy mixture.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

The result is a heart-tugger made totally irresistible because of the combination of Kitano's wry, sly sense of humor and his rigorous detachment.

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Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

Leads with Kitano's exquisite timing and ability to mine both laughs and heartache in a single instant. It's a gorgeous take on alienation and guardianship.

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Patrick Z. McGavin
Hollywood Reporter

... a great deal of fun.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

You can't smile when you keep feeling sorry for the kid--who is not, after all, in on the joke.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Filtered through Kitano's distant and deadpan touch, the material works, and it works well.

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David Rooney
Variety

... its treacly mix of emotional manipulation and klutzy comedy will make it hard to digest for most audiences.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

These gags work because Kitano has created an intrinsically funny character and because he has perfect timing and a terrific sense of construction.

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Beth Accomando
KPBS.org

Not Kitano's best but still displays a deadpan visual cleverness that's uniquely his own.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
definitely the sweetest of kitano's films and a chance for him to show his comedic talents. it's not quite like most american films with similar… More
Arash Xak
I always had high expectations for Kitano's movies but I never expected this one to be such a great movie, Truly refreshing
xGary Xx
Bad tempered small-time criminal Takeshi Kitano is "volunteered" to take a young boy to meet the mother he has never known, and after blowing all… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
A more gentle Kitano, with gentle standing for plenty of very dark gags towards the kid. In my case, i loved to see Kitano redoing the usual cliches in this… More
Anthony Lawrie
Kitano puts the violence to one side for a change and focuses on the good in all people. Kikujiro is beautiful 'Road movie' with all the typical… More
Daisy Maduro
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