Japanese animator Satoshi Kon has a striking sense of composition, but I'm more impressed by his storytelling skills. full review
One of the most moving, enjoyable and wholly unconventional Christmas stories to come along in a long time. full review
Demonstrates an idiosyncratic human touch. Kon is unafraid of the unseemly and unsightly. full review
It doesn't make sense to praise an anime movie's acting, does it? Yet you can't help but marvel at the expressive pen-and-ink performers. full review
Gritty yet surprisingly touching story.
As visually accomplished as Tokyo Godfathers is, the story is the most primitive form of drama, one that counts on improbable coincidence to propel the story to its sudden, implausibly symbolic conclusion.
I found myself alternately puzzled and transported by this unusual helping of anime.
Social indifference and injustice plague the protagonists, as well as our own consciences. This may very well be the point of the whole exercise. full review
A spellbinding piece of Japanese anime from one of the form's new masters, director-writer Satoshi Kon. full review
A satisfying story that's greater than the sum of its parts. full review
Interesting stuff that's plain fun to watch.
Full of charm, grittiness and a solid storyline, the movie deserves an audience far beyond diehard animation fans. full review
An ambitious and impressively inventive undertaking. full review
A gorgeous animated film that's as avid a tribute to the Japanese capital as Lost in Translation. full review
Great animation can delight children or adults; truly great animation may delight both. But Tokyo Godfathers seems unlikely to enthrall either -- or be remembered much past the flicker of its final cel. full review
Director Kon goes heavy on the schmaltz, but it doesn't matter. He puts viewers in a comfy mode, where sentiment is a plus.
Loosely based on 3 Godfathers, John Ford's maudlin 1948 western, this movie, a sweet fable of decency amid the down and out, also has echoes of Chaplin and Capra. full review