One gets the sense the director has become so enamoured the details that he's lost sight of the destination..
- Xan Brooks, Guardian [UK], September 29, 2011
Sono uses seemingly incompatible materials to construct a patchwork film as grotesquely hybrid as the corpses at its centre. It may be overlong and not a little bloated, but its sleaze both conceals and embodies moments of great sublimity.
- Anton Bitel, Film4, September 28, 2011
More of a conversational set piece than anything else, it's more for people interested in the role of female sexuality in Japanese culture than your average moviegoer.
- , Empire Magazine, September 26, 2011
I'm starting to get the impression that Sion Sono is just really good at dressing up nonsense. An indisputably talented filmmaker and gut-churner, he knows how to make the audience putty in his hands. But to what end?
- Simon Miraudo, Quickflix, August 17, 2011
Sono's wicked sense of humour still runs throughout Guilty of Romance, but there are also literary references to Franz Kafka's The Castle, a murder that would not have been out of place in Se7en and a whole lot of sex.
- Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy, August 13, 2011
As bizarrely moralist as it is transgressive.
- Michael Nordine, Slant Magazine, January 16, 2013