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Sweet Bean (An) Reviews

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January 3, 2017
Sweet Bean is a film that does its conventions right but gives nothing impactful as a result.
January 10, 2018
Once we've seen the blossoms and admired them, seeing them again is less thrilling - and so is the overall impression left by An.
September 16, 2015
The film's inoffensive simplicity suggests finger-painting, and offers about as much sophistication in terms of character development and theme.
April 25, 2016
Pleasing but not always challenging.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 17, 2016
While this is Kawase's most straightforward, accessible movie, it's also perhaps her dullest, sustaining a single maudlin note for nearly two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 20, 2015
I must confess to feeling exasperated by the sentimentality and stereotype being served up. The film has an impeccable technical finish, but it is insipid, contrived, solemn, and ever so slightly preposterous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 20, 2015
It's not the stuff of Shakespearean drama, and in fact is barely enough to squeeze a few tears out of audiences into sentimental fare.
November 15, 2016
Echoes of classic Japanese cinema resound all over Sweet Bean, but its tugs at the heartstrings feel calculated in a way that Ozu's and Naruse's never did.
September 26, 2017
An is flat as a pancake, but lacks the paste: it strives to be an intimate, incisive portrait of three lost people learning to find some direction in their lives, but [Naomi] Kawase's appetite for schmaltz swallows everything before it.
January 9, 2020
With An, director Kawase Naomi has managed to make a stellar bittersweet film. She could have made it a sugary pancake, but some of its stuffing caught me by surprise, and the film as a whole is a dish I very much recommend.
March 28, 2019
Sweet Bean is brimming with humanity, featuring characters that aren't normally seen onscreen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 6, 2019
Although "Sweet Bean" does not succeed fully in examining the issues it presents, it is, nevertheless, a film of extreme beauty, which will definitely entice the audience senses, and particularly the appetite.
October 23, 2018
Soft, gentle, and kind ... until it knocks you down on the ground and guts you like a fish. Despite what some may say, "Sweet Bean" is far from saccharine schlock.
August 9, 2018
Kawase doesn't require firecrackers or tragedy to keep audiences mesmerized over a story that may seem to be light. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
March 16, 2020
Sweet Bean is sentimental fare for sure, but sometimes familiar tastes prove quite a comfort.
August 28, 2017
Sweet Bean is no fairy tale, and unexpected revelations add layers of emotional complexity and metaphorical suggestions. But the film is a heartwarming, albeit bittersweet, experience.
August 4, 2016
For viewers unfamiliar with Kawase's oeuvre, Sweet Bean provides a better entry point than its laboured predecessor, Still the Water.
July 17, 2016
Sweet Bean could well be Kawase's best and most accessible film to date. There is still the hushed vibe, but the drama is acutely human.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 9, 2018
Prolific Japanese director, Naomi Kawase, constructs a beautiful and sensible tragicomedy that reaches a limited, but welcome experience. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 9, 2018
In short, the essence of a director's cinema with its own label and universe, such as Naomi Kawase. [Full Review in Spanish]
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