Confessions (Kokuhaku)
Confessions (Kokuhaku) (2010)

Yuko Moriguchi is a middle-school teacher whose four-year-old daughter is found dead. Shattered, she finally returns to her classroom only to become convinced that two of her students were responsible for her daughter's murder. No one… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 31, 2010
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Huddleston
Time Out

'Confessions' may be too grimly cynical to convince fully, but its combination of visual excess, dark wit, random violence, psychological insight and raw emotional intensity is intoxicating.

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David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)

You'll need caffeine on an IV drip to survive it.

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Shaun Munro
What Culture

The incredible first act boasts more horror, surprise and intrigue than most fully-formed features, and though the subsequent hour never feels as concise or gathered, this is a potent, almost unbearably visceral slice of confronting cinema.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

"Confessions" was a bona fide cultural phenomenon that sent shockwaves through Japan's collective conscience before the tragic earthquakes and tsunami drove people further into soul-searching.

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Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)

A confusing and rather daft Japanese mystery/horror yarn...

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Virginie Sélavy
Electric Sheep

Nakashima's most accomplished film to date.

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Philip French

A difficult film to like, an impossible one not to grudgingly admire.

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Peter Bradshaw

I have to say that, despite its effective opening premise and some interestingly spacey mood-alterations and tonal shifts, I found it overcooked and overwrought, and sometimes quite implausible...

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Dominic Radcliffe
Little White Lies

An engaging and undeniably interesting slant on the source of vendetta and the psychology behind violence and cruelty.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Excellent! It was a little hard to follow who was who at times, as it took me a while to realize it was going back and forth in time. By the end I could follow… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
Confessions is of loss, revenge, and redemption. Psychologically intoxicating and disturbing, Confessions features the wildest and ultimate revenge since in… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
It's another one of those movies that starts well but then drowns in it's own style in the second half. Matsu and Kimura give great performances,… More
Luke Baldock
The first 30 minutes was gripping stuff. Though it seemed longer than it was. Those first 30 minutes had everything the rest of the film strives for. As the… More
Lewis C.
Wow, I don't even really know where to begin with this one! Confessions is an expertly crafted ensemble drama/thriller about revenge and cruelty. At the… More
Reza Mohseni
Watching east asian movies with revenge themes is becoming intolerable but this one is a must see. Didn't take it's psychological side seriously but… More