The funniest Jarmusch movie since Down by Law? As always, no damn clue whether he is just vacuously mouthing off about what's cool, taking the piss of the same, or both. But Swinton and Hiddleston were really entertaining and I laughed out loud quite often. (Sorry long haul passengers!)
If you've heard the plot summary, this movie has no surprises. In that regard, I found it basically pretty bleak from start to finish and regularly upsetting.
Things that might recommend it?
Rinko Kikuchi is predictably fantastic (... albeit at playing a sad, isolated individual).
When it's funny, it's often in a charming and real-feeling way, such as when a hopeless Minnesotan cop takes Kumiko to a Chinese restaurant in the hopes someone there can overcome the language barrier between them.
It often looks and sounds great (feel those VHS artifacts!).
But not sure I'd rush to recommend it to anyone.
One of those highly-rated movies that is just bloody awesome (mate). On a big screen anyway... nothing happens in a rush, the cinematography's great (so much interplay between massive shots and claustrophobic close-ups), the soundtrack is Morricone's best, the story's good enough, the dialogue's fun, all the main characters are interesting... Absolutely top notch.