Critic Consensus: Heartfelt yet jumbled, Minamata pays uneven tribute to a remarkable real-life story better served by the documentary treatment.
Critic Reviews for Minamata
It can't work out whether out whether it's a crusading social drama or the story of a troubled artist's redemption. The result is a film that neither engages nor moves the viewer in the way that might have been expected.
"Minamata" tells a bracing story of corporate malfeasance and bracing advocacy for the underclass, but even the occasional poignant observation can't salvage a movie trying this hard to tug every heartstring at its disposal.
For a film about photography, it often has bizarrely wrong-headed notions of where the camera ought to be.
Director Andrew Levitas and his co-screenwriters dramatize a riveting story using a mass of groan-worthy genre clichés that ill-serve the truth they are trying to recreate.
Minamata is a forthright, heartfelt movie, an old-fashioned "issue picture" with a worthwhile story to tell about how communities can stand up to overweening corporations and how journalists dedicated to truthful news can help them.
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