Mishima - A Life in Four Chapters
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Graced with a throbbing orchestral score from Philip Glass and John Bailey's luminous photography, this is appropriately monumental filmmaking."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"The most unconventional biopic I've ever seen, and one of the best."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The gorgeous, artsy 1985 biopic Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters is the best movie that Paul Schrader has yet directed."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
"The cerebral cool of Schrader's perspective sacrifices emotional connection to its subject."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"It's Mishima's diagrammatic structure that most perfectly suits its subject, defined by his will to harmony."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"Paul Schrader's 1985 biopic necessarily guts his controversial life - but the visual style is superb."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Philip Glass's score still takes the breath away."
‑ David Gritten, Daily Telegraph
"Offers a mesmerizing profile of the famous Japanese writer whose life was filled with drama."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"It's fetishistic, lyrical, narcissistic and, at key moments, borderline berserk. In other words, the movie captures its subject to a tee."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"From Philip Glass's glorious score to John Bailey's rich cinematography, Schrader's movie is never less than ravishing."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"Those unfamiliar with Mishima's work may find the expressionistic novel sequences overly rich, but Schrader's film is a visually arresting, imaginative and intelligent overview of a difficult subject."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
"Gorgeous to look at, but so what?"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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