Uzumaki (2002)

Based on the phenomenally popular horror manga by Junji Ito, Uzumaki is the debut feature of Japanese music video director Higuchinsky (born Akirhiro Higuchi). Something strange is going on in the small town of Kurozu-cho. Kirie Goshima… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: May 3, 2002
DVD Release Date: July 6, 2004
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Uzumaki uses its creepy, David Lynch-inspired atmospherics to effectively build a sense of dread, but ultimately fails to do anything with it.

Dennis Harvey

Pic duly places less emphasis on narrative than on the sort of surreal set pieces that might have worked better in the graphic-novel form.

Mark Rahner
Seattle Times

Required viewing for horror fans, Japanese-cult-cinema fans, and anyone who digs settling in for an unsettling David Lynch evening.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A brilliant horror film with an original idea and style to spare.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Adapted from a horror comic by Junji Ito, this debut feature from Japanese music-video director Higuchinsky begins eerily but doesn't take long to descend into silliness.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Ultimately the, yes, snail-like pacing and lack of thematic resonance make the film more silly than scary, like some sort of Martha Stewart decorating program run amok.

Jovanka Vuckovic
Rue Morgue Magazine

'Uzumaki is a masterfully rendered living portrait of warped, apocalyptic art...'

John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune

Gussied up with so many distracting special effects and visual party tricks that it's not clear whether we're supposed to shriek or laugh.

Megan Turner
New York Post

At some point, all this visual trickery stops being clever and devolves into flashy, vaguely silly overkill.

Ross Williams
Film Threat

Mostly the film creates an infectious feeling of apprehension that slowly crawls up your spine.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
It might have amused me as as a random story in a comic book, just a weird little invention by some cartoonist but as a movie... it don't play - for me… More
Lee ?
Weird but original Japanese horror about a cursed town whose inhabitants slowly become infactuated with spiral shaped objects leading them to their deaths. Not… More
Lewis C.
I'm struggling to think of something positive to say about this movie, but nothing is coming to mind. Just didn't enjoy it at all, and it's… More
Emily Armstrong
Junji Ito is a twisted, twisted man. I've read these comics, and I'm a little afraid to see the film. Having seen this film, I really expected much… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Lovecraftian concept by way of some Fulci and japanese esoteria thrown in the mix. The entity here is not a monster, or a serial killer, but a… More
Drew Smith
There are a ton of good ideas to be found in Uzumaki, but almost all of them fall apart in the face of poor direction and the movie's inability to pick… More