Akarui mirai 2003

Critics score:
70 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

John Hartl, Seattle Times: Gradually establishes a sense of foreboding that is hard to shake, though it's not without its darkly humorous moments. Read more

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Ty Burr, Boston Globe: The movie has a curious and cumulative power. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: The most spellbinding aspect of Bright Future is that the surrealism sustains its own squiddish logic, concluding with one of the most breathtaking film finales of the year. Read more

Robert Dominguez, New York Daily News: Pretty to look at, but it's a slow-moving, meandering work that isn't as complex or mysterious as it appears. Read more

Manohla Dargis, New York Times: Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, a prolific and sui generis talent from Japan, this quietly creepy film contains a hint of politics and a wealth of shivers. Read more

David Rooney, Variety: The writer-director's story sense is far too distracted, clouding the film's themes and even its basic plotline and allowing only the most glancing insights into its characters. Read more

Michael Atkinson, Village Voice: Bright Future can be off-putting -- neither of the two protagonists attempt to engage the camera, and more woe is expended on mourning Mamoru than considering his victims. Read more