(2001)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 10 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
80
Most important, Hush! is like Chinese director Stanley Kwan's recent "Lan Yu" in that a gay romance becomes but a starting point for an all-encompassing view of human behavior.
80
Exchanges overheard in bars, crisp dialogue between characters and a wistful tone underscore both modern isolation and the age-old need for connection.
70
A sweet and surprisingly unconventional look at the changing definition of family in contemporary Japan.
70
Japanese director Ryosuke Hashiguchi ("Like Grains of Sand") enriches his rendition with melancholic ambivalence, sociological specificity, and a knack for delicate epiphany.
70
Hush! takes an excessive, saga-like running time to reach its conclusion, but Hashiguchi frequently makes the trudge worthwhile, particularly when he finds the energy to match his three leads' charming performances.
63
New York Post
Overlong but telling look at three young misfits.
60
Rambling, occasionally very funny reflection on the meaning of family in contemporary Japan.
50
Variety
Meandering melodrama about gay relationships, friendship, loneliness and the elastic notion of family is considerably overlong and hampered by too many superfluous scenes.
50
Entertainment Weekly
A feel-good movie that doesn't give you enough to feel good about.
50
New York Daily News
Though the director takes a thoughtful approach to the material, mixing humor and poignancy, he undercuts our sympathy considerably by dragging things out to an inexplicably indulgent degree.

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