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Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai) Reviews

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Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central

I can think of a several samurai films that I prefer to this, but it's still a solid film.

Full Review Source: Film Geek Central | Original Score: 3/4

June 4, 2013
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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The greatest movie ever made about warriors and battle.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

March 26, 2013
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

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 Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 4/4

March 26, 2013

Total Film

Kurosawa deflates the myth of the noble samurai without actually debunking it, and stages some great action sequences.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 5/5

March 26, 2013
David Gurney
Common Sense Media

Famous epic with stylish violence and subtitles.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

January 1, 2011
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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 Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 4/4

November 3, 2010
Cole Smithey

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 Source: | Original Score: A+

May 26, 2009


An enduring classic.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 5/5

April 20, 2009

TIME Magazine
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Again and again, Kurosawa sends a dark thrill through his audience with a touch of sensuous physical reality.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

April 20, 2009
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...suffers from an absurdly overlong running time that often threatens to negate its more overtly positive attributes...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 1, 2008
Susan Granger

| Original Score: 5/5

October 20, 2007
Emanuel Levy

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A

August 1, 2007
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 1, 2007
Variety Staff
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Besides the well-manned battlescenes, the pic has a good feeling for characterization and time.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 1, 2007
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

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 Source: Boulder Weekly | Original Score: 4/4

September 21, 2006
Christopher Null

The movie sucks you in so thoroughly you're actually pissed when you have to swap in a new disc during intermission.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

September 6, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Crosses over from raw entertainment to lovable trashy art.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

July 13, 2006

Time Out
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The epic action scenes involving cavalry and samurai are still without peer.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Epic, influential adventure about Japanese swordsmen who band together to rescue besieged villagers

| Original Score: 4/5

June 13, 2005
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

| Original Score: 5/5

May 8, 2005
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