Jellyfish Eyes
Jellyfish Eyes (2015)

The directorial debut from acclaimed artist Takashi Murakami, Jellyfish Eyes brings its creator's endless imagination to the screen in a tale of family, friendship, and loyalty set in a world of fantasy that only Murakami could conjure.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 15, 2015
DVD Release Date: December 8, 2015
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

Though it may amuse hardcore devotees of kaiju film on video, the film hardly threatens to make Murakami the next Julian Schnabel.

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Simon Abrams
Village Voice

Watching unmemorable child protagonists repeatedly fight and bond with each other and a bunch of F.R.I.E.N.D.s, tacky-looking Pokémon-esque monsters, is unproductively exhausting.

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Robert Horton
HeraldNet (Everett, WA)

Whatever theories Murakami has perfected in his visual art, he's miscalculated in his feature-filmmaking dabble.

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Peter Debruge

[The] story [is] barely original or interesting enough to sustain a half hour of kids' TV.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

The creatures -- which range from a human-sized frog to a sprite with a big metal box for a head -- provide a worthy showcase for Murakami's prodigious visual imagination.

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Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Japanese artist's fantasy film is disappointing, derivative.

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Roberta Smith
New York Times

Whatever you might think of Mr. Murakami's paintings and sculptures, they are invariably polished and eerily perfect, but his movie seems thrown together.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Unfortunately, a narrative feature film is more than just moving images, and once Murakami dives into narrative and character, Jellyfish Eyes begins stumbling all over itself

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

The film is rich in the artist's creative imagery, but too thin in its storytelling to captivate a casual audience not already enamored with his work.

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