Love Exposure (2011) - Rotten Tomatoes

Love Exposure (2011)



Critic Consensus: An engagingly funny melodrama as well as an ambitious exploration of sexual behavior, Sion Sono's Love Exposure provides nearly four hours of extremely strange and entertaining cinema.

Love Exposure Photos

Movie Info

Tokyo teen Yu Honda (Takahiro Nishijima) is the traumatized son of a widower-cum-Catholic priest (Atsuro Watabe), who begins a sexual liaison with parishioner Kaori (Makiko Watanabe). When Dad's affair comes to a halt, he begins admonishing his son to confess to so many sins that the 17-year-old takes up new ones to appease his father's increased religious zeal. One "sin" - surreptitiously taking candid photographs of panties worn by female pedestrians - becomes a vocation. Unfortunately, a deal with a porn company comes undone when Yu turns down starring roles, because he admits he's saving himself for a Virgin Mary-like ideal woman. On cue, the narrative introduces feisty schoolgirl Yoko (Hikari Mitsushima), who loathes men and enjoys beating them up for their moronic attitudes... -- (C) Third Window Films


Atsurô Watabe
as Tetsu Tsunoda
Keisuke Horibe
as Yoko's Father
Mami Nakamura
as Yû no Haha
Itsuji Itao
as Koike no Chichi
Mitsuru Kuramoto
as Reikan Kaiga no Kyaku
View All

Critic Reviews for Love Exposure

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (11)

Clocking in at 237 minutes, Sino's film possesses a rambling, free-associative structure.

June 17, 2013 | Full Review…

Exhibiting astonishing dexterity, Mr. Sono shapes all this trauma into a narrative that's completely coherent and surprisingly touching, never more so than in Yu's struggle toward sexual maturity.

September 1, 2011 | Rating: 4/5

It's a campy rampage that runs a few minutes shy of four hours, dooming what otherwise would likely be a bright future as a midnight movie.

September 1, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

As the old cliche goes, you will not have another moviegoing experience quite like this one all year.

September 1, 2011 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Love Exposure is, in a sense, Shion Sono's equivalent of the Great Russian novel.

August 31, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Love Exposure plays like a marathon greatest-hits-and-misses mixtape. If you see only one Sono film, check out this flick; you will have then seen them all.

August 31, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Love Exposure


The son of a Catholic priest becomes a master at shooting candid panty photographs, then falls in love with a man-hating schoolgirl and seeks to save her from a cult. This naughty 4-hour comic epic from cult director Shion Sono is a strange and subversive examination of the perversion of purity, and vice versa.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

[img][/img] Love Exposure is one of the most interesting foreign works of the year. It's a movie about political, religious and social ideas, and there's a hell of a lot of them squashed together but it doesn't lack for any heart, emotion and is never for one moment dull. The performances of the cast are amazing and in equal measure the direction is very precise. It's a very emotional film and i'd highly recommend it to art house fans because it's one of the most artsy films i've ever seen. The only problems with this movie are that it fails to maintain a consistent tone and a lot of the scenes in it were unnecessary. This can all be ignored though, because it is still immensely entertaining and will take you on a stylishly surreal ride if you have an open mind for films. To put it simply, weird but undeniably wonderful.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Really weird and 4-hour Japanese comedy-action-drama film about the three emotionally abused individuals from the fringes of society get locked in a convoluted love triangle. I couldn't believe this ridiculous story is true and this mix scenes didn't work very well for me. The overall story about love and religion lacks a bit, but the worst thing is how it's played out. There are so many weird scenes that the overall story gets a bit lost on the way, and you have a hard time appreciating the movie as a whole. But I liked the last confrontation scene while Yu gets crazy, Yoko cries, and Aya kills herself, and then there's no sound, everything was in slow motion. That was very momentous.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Love Exposure Quotes

News & Features