I rented this movie from a Blockbuster video outlet back in 2003. It was so bad that I chucked it out of the VCR, went back to the store and demanded my money back, to which the store manager agreed! Rumor has it that Sofia Coppola threw a hissy tantrum to daddy and that's how it won the Oscar.
A very nice film indeed. Quite surprisingly entertaining when not a lot actually happens lol. Bill Murray was just charming.
Delightful. Not for lovers of fast paced, action filled movies.
This must not have enough explosions in it for some people or something. Beautifully shot, brilliantly acted, and loved the use of music in this. Yeah it's subtle and slow paced, it's supposed to be, but if you go with it and don't expect (or want) hollywood gimmicks, you will be moved. I for one plan to drive around Tokyo in the back of a taxi with My Bloody Valentine blaring in my headphones.
Not quite sure what all the fuss is for this movie. Found it to be a bit slow and boring
A really intelligent, light, film about a man discovering his better nature in a mad world.
One of my favourite movies. Well crafted, subtle, atmospheric. Bill Murray's trademark hangdog look gets a workout, but this time it's not for pure comedy - there's a tragedy/comedy thing goin on here.
I don't understand all the complaints about it going nowhere - geez, it's about 2 people who *are* lost literally and figuratively!
I'm not sure how long this movie is but the enjoyable parts probably add up to less than 10 minutes. It is excrutiatingly boring and I hope Bill and Scarlett were paid well to compensate them for the dead weight this film will add to their careers.
PS. If there were half-Star ratings, I would have rated this movie 0.5 less and that's being kind.
Enjoyed this movie set in Tokyo. Nice story thoguh nothing too deep and meaningful.
Sofia Coppola may not be able to act, but she sure can direct. I love all the perspectives portrayed in the movie. The setting comes off as both alienating and welcoming at times (both are which are complemented by the film's deliberate slow pace) and the two leads played by Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson have wonderful chemistry. You really do establish a connection with these characters. Could Sofia have inherited her directorial talent from her father, Francis? or was it just coincidence? Either way, this is a wonderful drama that stands out from most others.
Realised I'd seen it before. Didn't feel need to see it again.
Another very boring movie, would not bother
One of the worst movies I have ever seen. Slow and boring
This is one of my favourite movies of all time. I love Sofia Coppola's movies. Love them! But they're not for everybody. Some people are left saying "What the?....". It is beautiful, mysterious, funny and Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson are awesome in it. I agree with Tilda's (reviewer) comment that the film "has a kind of dreamlike feel to it that lasts a few hours after you switch it off." I found this is true with Sofia's movies and once that mood wears off I have to get another hit and usually end up watching the movie again! If you loved this, watch Somewhere.
Was an okay movie - a little slow and didn't have that much of japanese culture or scenery. not much of a plot to speak of, and it just ended. could have been better!
Some people will get it, some won't. Personnally, probably the best film of the decade in my opinion. Anyone who has travelled through Japan will see the genius of this one
Fairly light but enjoyable. Enjoyed all the Japanese stuff
Boring - did not finish watching it
Two lonely people seem to be lost in Tokyo, full of light, cars and people. And yet they cannot form a relation ship. Great acting.
Totally Boring. We were halfway through the movie and still did not get it. The female character is supposed to be an intelligent woman, yet she is totally bored in a fascinating city. Instead of sitting looking dejected, I would expect an intelligent woman to have a BOOK with her to read!!!
I really enjoyed this movie. Loved the Japanese feel and the humour of it - the scene with the "escort" was hilarious. Have done a lot of business travel myself and this film perfectly captured the half-world of 5-star hotels. Haven't seen Scarlett Johansen before but she did a great job, as did Bill Murray who has the most speaking face.
I can see why this one is called, by some, a "sleeper". It just about put me to sleep! I was totally and utterly disappointed. It has a great cast, but the storyline was simply too boring for me to enjoy any of their performances. Bill Murray's character was a little bit humorous at times, but those moments were too few and far between. I kept waiting for something to happen. Alas, nothing did happen. For the life of me, I can't understand why this movie received any nominations whatsoever.
Ah, what exactly was lost in translation?
Intellectual... are you kidding me! If anything this film is a comedy that had some great laughs... the exercise bike in the gym totally cracked me up!
Good cast for a movie that reflects the feeling of being in a foreign city. Gentle entertainment.
Movie star, Bob Harris, arrives in Japan to do a whisky commercial. He meets up with young, bored female, Charlotte, temporarily abandoned by photographer husband who's off on a shoot. Both are trapped in a plush hotel not knowing the language, and engage in a succession of excruciatingly boring conversations, in a bar, in a restaurant, in a hotel room. The itinerary also includes a visit to a nightclub, a karaoke bar, a sleazy strip-club and, when they come up for air, other Tokyo tourist attractions. Great travelogue but where's the story? A wooden performance from Bill Murray with all the running done by the wonderful Scarlett Johansson.
Its a bit arty and quirky but I loved it. Great cast and well played, some say its has no real message or proper plot but I think it is very interesting and subtle and the strange relationship between the two main characters is great to watch.
Enjoyable but not for the teens
The movie was great but a little slow moving - maybe this is a characteristic of Bill Murray movies? Nonetheless a great performance by him and the other actors.
Your either a fan of sofia or not and I happen to love her movies.I do rate marie antoinette higher than translation but its a look at life..if you were on the other side of the world and lonely you would befriend someone to and thats what this movies is..dont try to read too much into it like most people who watch it .its just a story of strangers
The acting was good. The film was pleasant enough. If you are looking for a film about how disconnected people are from each other, I suppose that this one will do it for you, but - there are probably other ways to fill your time that will be more fun or more productive.
Wonderful film, really makes you want to move to Tokyo. It has a kind of dreamlike feel to it that lasts a few hours after you switch it off. Bill Murray is wonderful, as usual and Scarlett is gorgeous and convincing.
My only problem with this film, which stopped me from giving it the full 5 stars is the implied sexual tension towards the end. It wasn't too full on, but I think it would have been better to keep it all strickly platonic rather than insinuate an attraction that is unrealistic. But a great film.
A different Holywood film- non formula. Interesting linkages when age, (Bill M) and youth (Scarlet J) enter a strange relationship, not quite sexual, not quite paternal as they try to find solace from life in each others company. The goodbye kiss just did not work for me- what did she see in him!!
a lovely tale about friendship when you need it the most.
A great subtle and quiet story of restrained passion, we can all relate to in some way! One too many shots of Scarletts' bum but I guess that sells. Enjoyed it a lot and the final scene that doesn't allow you to hear what he whispers to her had me on the edge of my seat yelling for more! The music is haunting too.
Not brilliant but well acted & enjoyable Tokyo setting.
one of the better movies i have ever seen
This is one of my favourite films. I lived in Tokyo for a while and this movie manages to capture the city. Bill gives THE best performance of his career. Subtle and beautiful.
Normally a lover of Bill Murray movies I found this to be one of the most boring slowest movies I have seen in a while. I fell asleep the first time and had to force myself to stay awake the 2nd time. Disappointing!
This is the type of film that provokes thought, so if you're looking for a mindless afternoon in - this film isn't what you're after.
This movie was very slow moving and seemed to take forever. I didn't even finish watching it.
We found this movie to be totally boring...slow moving..... no real story line & with 1 of the main actors with no personality.
Gentle, laid back humour from Bill Murray, well supported by Johanssen, accurately representing the alienation caused by high-level international mobility.
Charming and romantic move without cheep setimentality.
different and interesting
VERY boring didn't actually watch the end of it..
Direction poor and I found it most confusing,perhaps because of my age!!
I have visited Japan twice and this film captured for me, via the main characters, the alienation of a Westerner in this culture.
A little long, and certainly not to everyone's taste, yet I enjoyed it and Bill Murray's acting was classic.
Strangely overrated film. I think as time passes the thinness of its plot will become more clear. The first part of the film is nothing more than a tired joke about how strange Japan is. Murray's character is unlikeable and even the lovely Scarlett's presence doesn't save this nonsense.
Very well acted and even though not much happens, it's a film that keeps you wondering about it for days. For intellectuals only. (if you don't know what it means, forget it...!)
One of my 'warm bath' movies. I could see all or any part of it any number of times. I guess it reminds me of times that I have really hit it off with someone in a platonic way and had a really good time.
This film is self-serving, indulgent hogwash masquerading as a nouveau love story. Two people form a relationship while at a crossroads in their lives, finding solace with each other in a foreign culture. So what were they expecting when they visited Japan? The depiction of Japanese culture is simplistic and insulting, with Murray's character at times exasperated that Japanese people do not speak English to his standard. Well their English is a lot better than his Japanese - this film is a grating example of the 'bad tourist'.
Terrible movie. Slow, boring with nothing worthwhile happening and a nothing ending.
Evidently from the other reviews you either love it or hate it. We were blown away by this little film, really enjoyed it. Perhaps the best thing I saw last year. Bill Murray was fantastic. Very understated, but beautifully evocative. Will see it again.
Dont waste 1.5 hrs of your life...
A little slow for my liking. And quite stereotypical in its view of Japan
Interesting treatment of total alienation and isolation, but very slow. Also a blatant advertising by Santori and the tobacco industry.
Somewhat compelling - a gentle glance at the culture shock encountered by Westerners in Tokyo.
I was disappointed in this film. I found it slow, and did not enjoy the humour. I never connected with the characters.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this film. Well crafted and offering some pretty good acting. Bitter sweet story that makes sense of how the sum of the parts is greater than the sum of the whole. Don't watch it if you're a philistine.
A movie going somewhere but never gets there....
Great performances from the 2 leading actors
This is an interesting film, in that you get to see a good selection of another culture. In particular it's easy to relate to the character's feelings of helplessness, not speaking the language. Bill is of course, very funny and there are some lovely moments in the film. This is slow and could be boring for many.
Couldn't really become involved
Waste of time-there is no story or plot. I had more fun staring out side the window.
Very slow movie about nothing with out any plot or story. Dont bother unless you are on drugs!
A beautifully crafted, contemplative movie with a stella performance from Bill Murray. Easilly one of his best.
B 0 R I N G but for the accurate portrayal of Japanese characters in Tokyo. Having lived there for quite a while I could relate to the Japanese characters but not the two western leads.
Beautifully made but far too slow.
A very different movie.
Some good laughs in a story that shows you can breach the generation gap.
Pointless movie. Good if you can't sleep. It will help.
An excellent movie. Bill Murray is wonderful in this role. Highly recommend.
Failed to be attention-getting. Disappointing.
OK - if you want high action, adventure or stunning twists give this one a miss. However if you enjoy a more subtle movie, with an undercurrent of humor and sexual tension then this is for you. Bill Murry is perfectly cast and really good in the role. Scarlett Johannsen is equally good and really portrays well what it must be like to be abandoned in a city like Tokyo. Very enjoyable film overall.
A great 'postcard' of Tokyo.You will never want to go there after seeing this movie.The storyline was disappointingly thin and slow.Well acted and well produced though.
Loved this gentle movie. Bill Murray was excellent with understated humour that lifts the movie. This is not a movie if you want action and though not your usual romance it is quite sweet and full of characters with integrity. Bill Murray thinks it is his best movie yet - see the extras on the DVD.
Gentle love story, quite enjoyable.
This film never got out of first gear , kept waiting for something to happen but it never did.Great images and insight into Japan though.
The 'feel' of Japan was there, but the film was about 2 people who were too self involved and shouldnt travel to foreign lands!!!
I was a little disappointed with this movie as I had other expectations. Certainly both characters were "lost" but the Japanese languagejokes were not quite as amusing as I has hoped. Being a fluent speaker of Japanese I can see both sides but the Lost in Translation theme applied more to the characters and their lack of understanding and interest in a foreign country than to the communication issues.
Very slow and dull. Disappointed.
This was a terrible movie.
Not as good as the expectations from the high rating or preview, much of the movie was on each of the stars being alone for lenghty periods in a hotel room - while it was well done, it is hard to remain interested in that confinement. Very little had background scenes of Tokyo or Japan.
Delightfully light and deft, this movie depicts beautifully the feeling of alienation felt in a large city, in a strange place, when you are even a stranger to your spouse and family. The connection between the two protagonists is un-cliched and delightful. Loved it!
Very over-rated, I think. Ms Coppola films her own personal Japanese postcard - because she can - and in the process serves up a bunch of verging-on-offensive cultural cliches. Have a look at Matt Dillon's superior 'City Of Ghosts' for a lesson in cultural immersion and story.
Well named a boring bit of garbage
The story of two bored people in Tokyo. Quite frankly, so was I.
Very boring - not sure what it was all for. Maybe it would be good if you're on happy pills.
I really enjoyed this movie - sure, nothing much actually *happened* but the themes of loneliness and isolation were beautifully evoked through the "strangers in a strange city" idea. Bill Murray was great in his role, beautifully understated. In fact the whole movie showed great restraint in exploring its ideas - no action, little sex - but through strong empathetic characters managed to engage the viewer.
THIS IS A STRUNG OUT KIND OF MOVIE THAT IS GOING NOWHERE AND TAKES ALONG GETTING THERE!
One of the worst movies I have ever seen. I kept waiting for something to happen.... but it never did.
The first half hour was boring and it got worse from there on. The main problem with this movie is that nothing happens and if it is supposed to be a comedy ............well I must have blinked and missed the funny scenes. Dont know how it got nominated for any oscars.
Totally absorbing and charming. Their relationship felt so real - the script is very true to life and some may feel it's therefore slow and 'nothing happens' but we loved it. The cinematography is beautiful and it feels quite surreal - a bit like how you feel when you go to a culturally very diffent country. Fabulous.