Tokyo Godfathers

When an alcoholic, a transvestite and a young runaway happen upon an abandoned baby in a dumpster on Christmas Eve, they go in search of the child's parents, encountering an assortment of oddball characters along the way.
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Netflix Rating: 3.8
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 90%
Critics' score: 90   Audience score: 88   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Japanese animator Satoshi Kon has a striking sense of composition, but I'm more impressed by his storytelling skills. full review

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

Takes anime to a whole new level. full review

Ken Eisner, Variety

One of the most moving, enjoyable and wholly unconventional Christmas stories to come along in a long time. full review

Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News

Demonstrates an idiosyncratic human touch. Kon is unafraid of the unseemly and unsightly. full review

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

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

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Gritty yet surprisingly touching story.

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

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.

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

I found myself alternately puzzled and transported by this unusual helping of anime.

Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News

Harrowing and heartwarming. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer

A spellbinding piece of Japanese anime from one of the form's new masters, director-writer Satoshi Kon. full review

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

A satisfying story that's greater than the sum of its parts. full review

Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times

Interesting stuff that's plain fun to watch.

Tom Long, Detroit News

Full of charm, grittiness and a solid storyline, the movie deserves an audience far beyond diehard animation fans. full review

John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press

An ambitious and impressively inventive undertaking. full review

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

A gorgeous animated film that's as avid a tribute to the Japanese capital as Lost in Translation. full review

Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle

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

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

Director Kon goes heavy on the schmaltz, but it doesn't matter. He puts viewers in a comfy mode, where sentiment is a plus.

V.A. Musetto, New York Post

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

A.O. Scott, New York Times

A well-told story, forged on vision and delivered with heart. full review

Manohla Dargis, Los Angeles Times
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