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Like Father, Like Son(そして父になる)

Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. He learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, and he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.
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Slant Magazine by Andrew Schenker

The film scores all of its thematic points early, commenting intriguingly, if ultimately rather obviously, on the demands of Japanese patriarchy.
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Film.com by Calum Marsh

The film is starved for the kind of nuance Kore-eda wields effortlessly elsewhere. What’s left without it is something merely schematic.
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IndieWire by Eric Kohn

The story works wonderfully as an idea, but Kore-eda never quite manages to infuse it with the same depth of feeling his main character goes through.
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Time Out London by Guy Lodge

There’s typical grace and good humour in Kore-eda’s handling of this all-but-impossible situation. But the film’s critical lack of dramatic nuance undercuts its emotional resonance.
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The Playlist by Kevin Jagernauth

Hirokazu has crafted a warm and lovely film that suggests the easiest thing about raising a child is embracing how complicated it can be.
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Variety by Maggie Lee

The director retains his controlled style even as he moves toward a more traditional narrative mode.
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The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

Kore-eda has crafted a piercing, tender poem about the bittersweet ebb and flow of paternal love, and his status as Ozu's heir becomes ever more assured.

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