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Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) Reviews

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October 15, 2018
The well laid out setup-rickety home, poor neighborhood and lively clan who lives off their grandma's gov't check-makes you think their brushes with the law and experiences with irate shopkeepers will lead somewhere. It doesn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 28, 2018
An unmitigated disaster virtually from beginning to end...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 27, 2020
The film supposes another master work in the filmography of the Japanese director, full of periodic emotions and dramatic moments of great intensity of which I leave moved to the guts when I witness a family. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
January 19, 2020
[SHOPLIFTERS] is top-notch Kore-eda with a Farhadi-esque moral dilemma and fantastic, nuanced filmmaking that never spoon-feeds the audience and presents its story in graceful, absorbing ways.
September 26, 2019
Filled with a compassionate, profound and intelligent narrative that never leaves you for a second, Shoplifters is the best film of the year and a perfect swan song to Kirin Kiki who literally gets buried in a Kore-eda household.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 10, 2019
Despite the hiding, the brokenness, and the stealing, this family in Shoplifters is a small snapshot of joy, and one that shines a sorely needed light.
November 8, 2019
While this has the potential of becoming a bleak melodrama, Kore-eda ensures the story retains a sense of poignancy and emotionality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 1, 2019
It's funny and emotional, uplifting and heartbreaking, it's one of the best movies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 3, 2019
Hirokazu Kore-eda's Shoplifters is a layered, textured film and a definite must watch. Make time for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 17, 2019
Like Hirokazu's best work, it is quiet, hushed, and often unassuming, but lands with power of an earthquake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 12, 2019
In Shoplifters, Hirokazu Kore-eda produces an emotional film that transports the audience into the confines of a claustrophobic, cluttered atmosphere; brimming with warmth as he introduces a family of loveable criminals
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 30, 2019
This film is perhaps the most unusual heartwarming movie we've seen and it's magical in its own way.
March 25, 2019
Kore-eda has long displayed a gift for finding the humanity in his characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 23, 2019
Another winner from...Hirokazu Kor-eeda. The story in many ways feels Dickensian- like a fresh take on Oliver Twist. I loved every performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
December 21, 2018
In the end, perhaps the most frustrating - and devastating - thing about Shoplifters is that if leaves us just as confused about what is right as the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
December 8, 2018
Shoplifters finds Kore-eda at his most human and humane, painting a tender yet unflinching look at the life of a family society has more or less forgotten.
December 17, 2018
Shoplifters is a masterful film that will have you rethinking the definition of family.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 4, 2019
Like an unfolded origami flower that divulges its wrinkles, Writer/Director Hirokazu Kore-Eda reveals to Western viewers a non-traditional perspective of living in Japan.
January 21, 2019
Honest stories like this allow us to rediscover our origin, where life happens spontaneously. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
November 24, 2018
Kore-eda crafts a charming, bittersweet tale of a family's perseverance through tough times with their strong bond to one another, reinforced by their strong personalities.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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