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  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    One never knows where "Warm Water" is going and even though the film's objective feels a little fuzzy even at the end a parable on female sexuality? an ode to liberty? there's such a joy in the telling that it doesn't matter terribly. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Maintains a light, dainty tone despite the heavy-handed metaphor, but in crossing the Pacific to the U.S., it is bound to leave most viewers dry. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This story is unthinkable in a Hollywood movie, but there is something about the matter-of-fact way Saeko explains her problem, and the surprised but not stunned way that Yosuke hears her, that takes the edge off. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    A movie about love, friendship and finding oneself, and it takes all its subjects very seriously while seeming to treat them with the lightest and most piquant of touches. Like its bizarre heroine, it irrigates our souls. show more

  • 75
    Marta Barber Miami Herald

    A rather luminous movie on the power of love. show more

  • 75
    Boston Globe

    No porno flick posing as art. Nor is it science fiction, though it does contain a few scenes with B-movie overtones. This is a deep and meaningful film, ultimately far more poignant than it is titillating. show more

  • 63
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    There's not enough here to justify the almost two hours. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Acute sense of color and offbeat storytelling style aren't enough to make this sometimes sensual fantasy more than a whimsical trifle. show more

  • 60
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    The film may be lighter in tone than Imamura's more recent work, but it still has a number of serious things to say about life in contemporary Japan. show more

  • 83
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    Imamura's delight in the infinite oddity of men and women is goofy; it's also, at heart, reverent. show more

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