Riaru: Kanzen naru kubinagaryű no hi (Real)
Riaru: Kanzen naru kubinagaryű no hi (Real) (2014)

Koichi (Sato) and Atsumi (Ayase) are childhood friends who have become lovers. Despite this closeness when Atsumi attempts suicide Koichi is at a loss to understand the circumstances that drove her to do such a thing. Now she is in a coma… More

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Calum Marsh
Film.com

Revelations stack and topple. By the third act, the film has so thoroughly exhausted your goodwill that any interest in plot must be jettisoned to even enjoy the aesthetics.

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Maggie Lee
Variety

This quasi-scientific fantasy finds Japanese horror maestro Kiyoshi Kurosawa at his least disturbing or mesmerizing.

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Ben Kenigsberg
AV Club

An unsatisfying, shamelessly derivative mix of elements from Inception, Flatliners, and Shutter Island.

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Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl

Real is an absorbing film but becomes overcomplicated (with a disappointing Twilight Zone-style twist that is both unnecessary and jarring) and goes on about 20 minutes too long.

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Boyd van Hoeij
Hollywood Reporter

Tonally problematic psychological drama with a dollop of monster-movie madness.

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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE

As it lumbers toward one mini-climax after another, "Real" takes its situation dead seriously but struggles to enliven it with new ideas.

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