Cure (1998)

This psychological drama presents Tokyo detective Takabe who is investigating murders in which victims have a large "X" on their chests -- while amnesiac killers are found near the site. Police suspect the unstable, psychiatric… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 25, 1998
DVD Release Date: January 6, 2004
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Mesmerizing and psychologically intriguing.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

It's unsatisfying as a story precisely because it aspires to create a mounting sense of dread by enlarging questions rather than answering them.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

Tough to shake even when it feels more like an exercise than a movie.

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Fernando F. Croce

Fragmented identity becomes the ultimate horror

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David Rooney

Tone and atmosphere mirror subject to perfection in Kiyoshi Kurosawa's hypnotic trip into the lower depths of the human mind.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A fascinating artifact as well as a most engrossing thriller.

Film Threat

There is no clear-cut conclusion. The film is not wrapped up in a nice neat little package. Kurosawa shows us a glimpse into this strange world and then pulls away, leaving us to figure out the answers, answers that may never come.

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Time Out

It's well enough acted and directed to advance Kurosawa's claim to be taken as an important new voice in Japanese cinema.

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Globe and Mail

Cure has a cumulative power of horror which even seasoned filmgoers will not be able to resist.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

The single best horror film I've seen this century.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
A detective seeks to solve a series of murders committed by ordinary people, each of whom has come into contact with an amnesiac. Very strange psychohorror… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Frustrating at times, and yet, hard not to pay attention to it. I can't say i got everything that K.Kurosawa wanted to say, but it kept me watching it all… More
Stella Dallas
excellent hypnotic serial killer thriller. this is the creepiest film i've seen in some time. much better than average j-horror.
Drew Smith
I adore Kiyoshi Kurosawa's style. I genuinely love it. I just wish he was better with the substance. Let's be honest with ourselves - none of… More
El Hombre Invisible
On another level than homogenized japanese horror films, Cure is an involving crime drama and a moody thriller about serial killings committed through the power… More
Lesley N
Japanese murder-thriller as an un-connected group of people suddenly take to murder in a similar and unexpected fashion. Not as blood-thirsty as I feared or… More