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Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai) Reviews

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Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
June 4, 2013
I can think of a several samurai films that I prefer to this, but it's still a solid film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 26, 2013
The greatest movie ever made about warriors and battle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
March 26, 2013
The legendary Mifune leads a superb cast, and Kurosawa's kinetic camera keeps the adventure sizzling with energy and wit from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

Total Film
March 26, 2013
Kurosawa deflates the myth of the noble samurai without actually debunking it, and stages some great action sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Gurney
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Famous epic with stylish violence and subtitles.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
November 3, 2010
Synthesizes the traditions of the samurai narrative and the American western to create an intimate epic with deeply felt ground-level consequences. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Cole Smithey
May 26, 2009
Kurosawa's intention of making his first period film "entertaining enough to eat" is brought to that palpable condition through [Toshiro] Mifune's endlessly watchable peasant warrior.
Full Review | Original Score: A+

April 20, 2009
An enduring classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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TIME Magazine
April 20, 2009
Again and again, Kurosawa sends a dark thrill through his audience with a touch of sensuous physical reality.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2008
...suffers from an absurdly overlong running time that often threatens to negate its more overtly positive attributes...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Emanuel Levy
August 1, 2007
Arguably the most influential epic ever made, Kurosawa's 1954 film is a veritable textbook on how to shoot, cut, frame and present violence on screen; Sergio Leone, Arthur Penn, Sam Peckinpah, Michael Mann and many others owe huge debut to the master
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 1, 2007
Kurosawa's film is a model of long-form construction, ably fitting its asides and anecdotes into a powerful suspense structure that endures for all of the film's 208 minutes.
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Variety Staff
March 1, 2007
Besides the well-manned battlescenes, the pic has a good feeling for characterization and time.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
September 21, 2006
Kurosawa's three-hour jidai-geki epic can be counted among the greatest of all battle movies ... a majestic tale of heroism, sacrifice and death.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Null
September 6, 2006
The movie sucks you in so thoroughly you're actually pissed when you have to swap in a new disc during intermission.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 13, 2006
Crosses over from raw entertainment to lovable trashy art.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
The epic action scenes involving cavalry and samurai are still without peer.
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
June 13, 2005
Epic, influential adventure about Japanese swordsmen who band together to rescue besieged villagers
| Original Score: 4/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
February 11, 2005
A masterpiece; a timeless classic; one of the greatest movies ever made.
| Original Score: 5/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 28, 2004
Impressive and ambitious, but seriously - am I the only person alive who finds it overwrought and patience-testing?
| Original Score: 3/5
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