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Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) Reviews

September 12, 2019
A film that just grows and grows and grows. It seems very quiet, but you are absolutely hooked.
January 4, 2019
Writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda fills the film with grace notes, humor and fine observations, circling and filling out each character while leaning more on innocence than corruption.
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December 20, 2018
Kore-eda marshals his considerable talents to tell what initially appears to be another story of family love and perseverance in the margins of society.
December 20, 2018
This kind of subtle richness is not new for Kore-Eda, though it's as satisfying here as it's ever been.
December 20, 2018
Kore-eda is at his best when he's suppressing his sentimentality, not when he's indulging it, but like his characters, fans of this inspired filmmaker must learn to take the good with the bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 20, 2018
It's all beautifully done, if seemingly aimless; for most of its two-hour runtime, the joy of the movie lies mostly in watching these fine actors build their beautifully flawed and lived-in characters.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 20, 2018
Shoplifters is littered with wry humor and is refreshingly free of judgment.
December 20, 2018
At once charming and heart-wrenching, this exquisitely performed film will steal the hearts of both art-house and mainstream audiences.
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December 20, 2018
Shoplifters achieves that ultimate goal of art as expressed by the artist Robert Filliou: It's art that makes life more interesting than art.
December 20, 2018
There are numerous tender, affecting moments en route to the finale's tearjerker overdrive, many of them productively tangential to the overarching idea of choosing one's own family.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 20, 2018
A moving meditation on what truly constitutes the meaning of family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 12, 2018
A story whose ethical quandaries are presented with equal parts compassion and toughness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 10, 2018
Every one of master Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda's movies breaks your heart in a different way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 7, 2018
The movie uses a domestic drama to illustrate larger and more compelling concerns about society in general.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 30, 2018
In a great film, Kore-eda's thesis would be the starting point, not its culmination... But in the end, Kore-eda, for all the cooked-up moments in Shoplifters, knows where the heart of his story is.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 29, 2018
It's in theory the worst family movie of 2018 - and in practice one of the year's best films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 28, 2018
What makes it such an enrapturing experience is the tenderness, humour and detail [director Hirokazu] Kore-eda brings to his material.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 26, 2018
Delicately observed and perfectly played, it's consummate, flawless film-making.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 23, 2018
Kore-eda has the sensitive, calibrated touch of a master safecracker, and he's a virtuoso of emotional and narrative buildup.
November 22, 2018
A spirited, lilting delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 21, 2018
This wise and insightful film is delicate, poignant and unexpectedly powerful.
November 21, 2018
This soft-spoken, cinematic treasure about a family of thieves highlights the quietly devastating artistry of Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda. It's impossible to experience the deep-seated compassion of this film and not be moved to tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 21, 2018
If Shoplifters asks huge questions about what a family is and is not, the answers are hinted at in fleeting gestures - the hallmark of this beautiful, ambiguous film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 21, 2018
Shoplifters, overall is a slow but captivating burn that may leave you questioning your own hard-set ideas of right, wrong and family.
November 19, 2018
Kore-eda, in his steady and unhectoring way, is levelling grave accusations at Japanese social norms, yet what stays with you, unforgettably, is that bundle of mixed souls at the start.
November 19, 2018
Both a gentle examination of what constitutes a real family and a harsh dissection of Japan's faltering social landscape.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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October 8, 2018
"Maybe the bond is stronger when you choose your family," says someone, and darned if the film doesn't make a good case for that notion.
September 7, 2018
A compact masterpiece about a scruffy family that isn't what it seems, and love that's the real thing.
September 7, 2018
Sometimes, the films of the Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda remind me of the novels of Paul Auster, deceptively simple prose that builds slowly into a puzzle piece of quietly explosive force.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 7, 2018
For the bulk of 'Shoplifters,' Kore-eda works in a beautiful register that feels both detailed and genuine at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 27, 2018
This is Kore-eda at his most subtle, nuanced and morally inquiring.
May 30, 2018
Kore-eda's gentle drama about a made-up "family" of thieves living on the margins of society is shot through with the director's trademark generosity and attention to behavior.
May 25, 2018
Another charming, funny and very affecting example of Kore-eda's special brand of tough-but-tender humanism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 14, 2018
What it lacks in newness it makes up in raw humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 14, 2018
A complex, subtle, mysterious film that builds to the most extraordinary surprise ending, a twist-reveal worthy of psychological suspense noir.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 14, 2018
Who better than Kore-eda, a director who whispers instead of shouts, is able to capture contradictions and issues though such a subtle, unforced style of storytelling?
May 14, 2018
Shoplifters is compassionate, socially conscious filmmaking with a piercing intelligence that is pure Kore-eda. This is a film that steals in and snatches your heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5