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Based on 33 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    The director takes an unpromising premise - the switched-at-birth plot - and gives us something that's touching and unexpected. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Like Father, Like Son has still more on its mind — a vision of a Japan in which work will be balanced with leisure and love. show more

  • 60
    New York Daily News

    The child performances are stellar, though most striking is how the film’s sympathies spread to everyone. show more

  • 60
    Deborah Young The Hollywood Reporter

    A lovely film that makes little emotional connection. show more

  • 62
    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. show more

  • 70
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Kore-eda is himself a father now, which may explain why his work has gotten sunnier. show more

  • 100
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The questions posed by Like Father, Like Son are universal in nature and the manner in which Kore-eda addresses them makes for superior drama. show more

  • 88
    Bill Stamets Chicago Sun-Times

    Like Father, Like Son is always wise about the quandary faced by the two fathers and the two mothers. show more

  • 88
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    Like Father, Like Son has earned its right to reduce a person to a sobbing wreck. show more

  • 88

    While I’m not a parent myself, I can see how Like Father, Like Son would be a tough sit for any parent. Tough, but extremely worthwhile. show more

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