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Shoplifters(万引き家族)

After a routine shoplifting session, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning the extent of her hardships. Although the family lives in poverty, they seem to live happily together, until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, which test the bonds that unite them.
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IndieWire by David Ehrlich

A master of threading the needle between conflict and contrivance, Kore-eda manages to turn this drama inside out without every betraying its most resonant truth.
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The Hollywood Reporter by Deborah Young

This small film is a thoughtful addition to his parables about happy and unhappy families (Nobody Knows, After the Storm), studded with memorable characters and believable performances that quietly lead the viewer to reflect on societal values.
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Time Out by Geoff Andrew

Boasting excellent performances all round (with the writer-director once again demonstrating his expertise with children), Shoplifters is another charming, funny and very affecting example of Kore-eda’s special brand of tough-but-tender humanism.
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Los Angeles Times by Justin Chang

A tender ensemble piece whose skillful performances dovetail into a perfectly symphonic whole, "Shoplifters" is a work of such emotional delicacy and formal modesty that you're barely prepared when the full force of what it's doing suddenly knocks you sideways.
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Screen International by Lee Marshall

Some of the credit must go to the stellar casting and performances. It’s difficult to single out one of the six actors in this alternative family unit as it’s a true ensemble display. But Kore-eda’s deft command of tone is a key factor too.
100

Variety by Maggie Lee

At once charming and heart-wrenching, this exquisitely performed film will steal the hearts of both art-house and mainstream audiences.
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The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

Shoplifters is compassionate, socially conscious filmmaking with a piercing intelligence that is pure Kore-eda. This is a film that steals in and snatches your heart.
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The Film Stage by Rory O'Connor

By drawing our empathy for such morally dubious and potentially damaging characters, Shoplifters remains a real heartbreaker, the kind of which only this director seems capable.

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