Excerpt: If, like me, you find that the decision to be made here has an obvious solution, [it] takes it time arriving at it. But it is the way in which Ryota comes to understand the way fathers shape their sons that makes “Like Father, Like Son” worthwhile.
Excerpt: No one is better suited to tell this tale than Hirokazu, who directs with such delicacy that the result is something extraordinarily moving. No one can rend hearts quite as deftly as he can, and Like Father, Like Son is keenly observed portrait of steadfast fatherhood and masculinity in a rapidly evolving world.
Excerpt: Like Father, Like Son is likable, funny, interesting, nicely-shot and full of good performances (even amongst the younger actors – Kore-eda is noted for his work with child actors), it is disappointingly tame. It doesn’t go as far as it might have.