[A] family of thieves steals moral high ground – and hearts. [Shoplifters] is a movie made up of delicate brushstrokes: details, moments, looks and smiles. […], the story of a group of frightened, damaged people who have made common cause with each other, banded together under the flag of family, under the radar of the law, making the best of things from day to day, until they realise they have been making the worst of things. […] A rich, satisfying film.
The Guardian/ Peter Bradshaw
Palme d´Or winner is a thrilling, beautiful tale of Tokyo´s down-and-outs […]‚ crafted by Kore-eda with crystalline insight and an unsparing emotional acuity.
Robbie Collins, The Telegraph
It was one of the loveliest and emotionally enduring films in competition.
Cate Blanchett/ Cannes Film Festival, Jury President
Shoplifters, Kore-eda’s Palme d’Or winner, is an eloquent look at the human condition. […] [The family co-exists] mostly peacefully and intimately in Hatsue´s ranshackle house and, on a summer trip to the beach, play together with a carefree joy. But we are also aware, from early on, that the family is not what it seems.
Mark Schilling, The Japan Times