Noriko no shokutaku (Noriko's Dinner Table)
Noriko no shokutaku (Noriko's Dinner Table) (2005)

Noriko's Dinner Table (2005) constitutes a follow-up with thematic similarities and loose narrative connections (though not a direct sequel) to Japanese filmmaker Shion Sono's dark 2002 satire Suicide Club. The time-fractured… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 27, 2008
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67%
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82%


Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Noriko's Dinner Table embraces [suicidal] tendencies with gusto and striking originality. The film is a boldly fragmented and tantalizing saga.

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Leslie Felperin
Variety

Too long by half.

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Norm Schrager
Filmcritic.com

part investigative mystery, part cultist drama, and you can pretty much guess where it's all going

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James C. Taylor
L.A. Weekly

Noriko's Dinner Table is both prequel and sequel to Suicide Club -- but never its equal. It's twice as long and three times as ponderous.

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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times

One of the most ambitious tonal mash-ups in memory, Noriko's Dinner Table is a domestic comedy, a bloody psychological thriller and a comment on the fragility of identity.

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Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

There is some excessive gore near the end, but, still, this is one of the best films I've seen this year.

Raven Snook
Time Out New York

Although certain aspects of [director] Sono's opus may get lost in translation, you don't need to know Japanese to understand the pitfalls of contemporary communication.

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Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Has a mind-blowing scene at its climax that takes the whole movie to set up

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Jay Antani
Boxoffice Magazine

Growing up has never felt so god-awful tedious.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Drew Smith
I came into Noriko's Dinner Table with no real preconceptions created by Suicide Club. I haven't seen that movie in over two years and I wasn't… More
Anthony Valletta
A surreal semi-sequel to Suicide Club has interesting, and disturbing things to say about identity, teenage herd mentality and the Japanese family unit. One of… More
Lesley N
I thought this might either explain Suicide Club, or be interesting in its own right. It didn't, and it wasn't. .
Brett Warren
Watch half, take the other only if you have a strong desire to watch a (up til then) decent film circle the drain of pretentious, philosophical nonsense. Ok,… More