Lost In Translation
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After making a striking directorial debut with her screen adaptation of The Virgin Suicides, Sofia Coppola offers a story of love and friendship blooming under unlikely circumstances in this comedy drama. Bob Harris (Bill Murray) is a well-known American actor whose career has gone into a tailspin; needing work, he takes a very large fee to appear in a commercial for Japanese whiskey to be shot in Tokyo. Feeling no small degree of culture shock in Japan, Bob spends most of his non-working hours at his hotel, where he meets Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) at the bar. Twentysomething Charlotte is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Lost in Translation revels in contradictions. It's a comedy about melancholy, a romance without consummation, a travelogue that rarely hits the road."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"So far as the central relationship goes, the film is almost European in its subtlety and nuance. Cinematic cherry blossom."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Depicts a very specific mental state too shaded and delicate for most movies to feel comfortable approaching it."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"...a deceptively simple study in unrequited attraction that succeeds in spite of minor problems with neglected sub-plots."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Transcends its initial culture clash comic riffs to evolve into something altogether more moving by the end. As a result, it's a work of considerable power and pathos."
‑ James Mottram, Film4
"Very much a mood piece, the film's deft balance of humor and poignancy makes it both a pleasurable and melancholy experience."
‑ David Rooney, Variety
"[Murray] can still do more with a raised eyebrow than anyone since Groucho Marx, but he's mellower and sometimes slightly poignant."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Excellent but mature film about finding a connection."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"An excellent top notch gem with beautiful direction courtesy of Sofia Coppola..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Working this time with her own story, Coppola lets it relax and breathe, devoting herself to moods and moments."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"With this film it becomes clear that Sofia Coppola is a filmmaker with eyes all her own."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"In Japan, the most extreme delicacy goes hand in hand with garishness, and Coppola offers up both for our delectation. It's a heady, hallucinatory combo."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"A relationship picture with elegant connective tissue; it's brittle and real, focused on the nuances of body language and unspoken desire, while indulging in a cheeky bit of knowing absurdity when the mood strikes."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Modamag.com
"Wonderfully warm and witty."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"This is another step in Mr. Murray's career and one that hopefully gets him the recognition he deserves."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
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