Air Doll (Kūki ningyō)
Air Doll (Kūki ningyō) (2009)

A special kind of toy is suddenly introduced to the real world around her in this artful fantasy from Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda. Hideo (Itsuji Itao) is a middle-aged man who doesn't have many friends, but he wards off… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 26, 2009
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

The film's poignant depiction of human loneliness is undercut by saccharine notes and a drifting tone.

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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club

This follow-up, despite having been in the works for years, feels a tad rushed.

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Keir Roper-Caldbeck
The Skinny

Hirokazu's meandering, diffuse storytelling leaves the film feeling even longer than its near two hour running time, and it becomes difficult not to hope for the appearance of sharp objects just to introduce an element of suspense.

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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

A charming, richly textured fable that touches on fundamental questions of existence.

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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter

The urban fairytale about an inflatable sex doll come to life gradually unfurls as an achingly beautiful meditation on loneliness and longing in the city.

John Esther
UR Chicago Magazine

Far smarter than 'Lars and the Real Girl'

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

The movie is a fable etched in comedy, sadness, and mild existential philosophy. Yes, the object of Kore-eda's fairy tale is a life-size sex toy, but it's the size and emotional shading of the toy's new life that interests him.

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Derek Elley

Recut to a trim 90 minutes, this fragile yarn would work perfectly and have a chance of an afterlife as a specialty item. In its present form, pic may not get much farther than the fest netherworld.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Air Doll wears that compassion on its sleeve a little too earnestly and humorlessly. Even an airhead could see that.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhćes
It is frustrating to see an interesting premise be made into such an overlong film that fails because of its thematic ambition and lack of focus, as it tries to… More
Lesley N
An inflatable doll comes alive when she grows a heart. Hirokazu Korreda certainly jumps around with his subject matter... bereaved widows, the after life,… More
Michael S
Despite what the unusual premise might lead you to believe, "Air Doll" is a very human, emotional, and strong work. Despite being a little too long… More
Luke Baldock
I'm now a fully dedicated fan to the work of Hirokazu Koreeda. His films are endlessly lovable. Taking on strange ideas but presenting them with most… More