13 Assassins Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Phenomenally entertaining. A ripping old-school yarn.
Tom Mes
Film Comment Magazine
November 7, 2013
Culminates in a riveting, ingeniously plotted, and inventively shot 45-minute battle scene.
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013
Miike shows us the absurdity of war by showing us the thrill of war.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 10, 2013
Entirely too long, but the samurai game of cat and mouse, the strategizing, is fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sarah Boslaugh
PopMatters
October 4, 2012
...a big movie that will overwhelm you with its scope, and it's hard to imagine anyone topping it any time soon.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
July 18, 2012
Consegue combinar uma abordagem mais clássica, tradicional, aos toques de violência bizarra típicas da filmografia de Miike.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
January 29, 2012
13 Assassins evokes a classic filmmaking style sharpened by Takashi Miike's modern energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 3, 2012
A much fresher experience than would seem likely for such a well-trod genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
December 15, 2011
Miike's sadistic fetishization of violence and suffering is nowhere in evidence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Andreas Heinemann
Flicks.co.nz
December 7, 2011
A wildly entertaining blockbuster that should appeal outside the extreme Asian cinema niche market.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 23, 2011
I've seen enough of these samurai films to be in a position to say this one could be a considered a classic of the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 20, 2011
Though it might look like a Kurosawa film, Miike brings to it a subversive edge of greater proportions.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
September 14, 2011
The excessive mind of Japanese director Takashi Miike (Audition; Ichi the Killer) throttles back the gore to deliver a disciplined, refreshingly grounded samurai action film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
September 13, 2011
Miike plays it by the age-old rules, and the result, while undeniably entertaining, is unexpectedly tame, at least by Miike standards
Full Review | Original Score: 70/100
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
September 13, 2011
The once dormant samurai movie is rejuvenated in 13 Assassins, a spirited and violent romp which delves into the honour and savagery of samurai ideology.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
September 9, 2011
13 Assassins looks at honour from many angles, without becoming simplistic. Ichii hasn't lost his edge after all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
September 9, 2011
I was engrossed by this film because it had tactics, strategy and characterisation.
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
September 9, 2011
It doesn't feel like the tour de force it should be.
Peter Galvin
sbs.com.au
September 8, 2011
The sense of loss, of waste, for a society, a culture, is just heartbreaking. That feeling is something special in a 21st century action picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Moraitis
FILMINK (Australia)
September 6, 2011
It pounds with blood-drenched action, but director Takashi Miike also offers up a thoughtful exploration of honour and loyalty.
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