Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samurai Reviews

Todd McCarthy
Variety
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June 19, 2008

Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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June 24, 2006

At once a tribute to traditional notions of honour, loyalty, friendship and professionalism, and a stylish, ironic pastiche inspired by the likes of Melville and Suzuki, it's very funny, insightful, and highly original.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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April 5, 2002

A handsomely shot, cool-sounding head-scratcher of a film that probably isn't worth the wear on the fingernails.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
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January 1, 2000

Too whimsically staged to take as serious suspense, too grimly real to be amusing.

Ernest Hardy
Film.com
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January 1, 2000

Hypnotic and quietly subversive.

Ty Burr
Entertainment Weekly
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January 1, 2000

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai brings the minimalist director who found fame with 1984's Stranger Than Paradise back to the land of the living.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mike Clark
USA Today
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January 1, 2000

Too solemn.

Eric Harrison
Los Angeles Times
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January 1, 2000

Rueful, funny, deliciously off-kilter.

John Anderson
Newsday
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January 1, 2000

Dryly funny and important.

John Hartl
Seattle Times
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January 1, 2000

Drily funny.

Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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January 1, 2000

Ghost Dog can be as now as the latest hit rap disc, with its hip-hop-culture references and remarkably chilly and affecting score by The RZA of Wu-Tang Clan.

Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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January 1, 2000

A self-conscious but surprisingly entertaining fusion of gangster, martial-arts and western movies.

| Original Score: 3/4
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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January 1, 2000

Only the most ardent Jarmusch fan will be able to suspend disbelief, and the movie turns into an exercise in ideas rather than an excursion along a stable narrative route.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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January 1, 2000

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
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January 1, 2000

Surprisingly funny.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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January 1, 2000

By turns irritating and inviting; Jarmusch's allusive metaphysics has a sensual glide, but much of what he's doing here is also too, too hip.

J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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January 1, 2000

Ghost Dog is an impeccably shot and sensationally scored deadpan parody of two current popular modes -- the hit-man glorification saga and the Cosa Nostra family drama.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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January 1, 2000

Jarmusch has introduced historical references ... that have opened up his imagination and extended his thematic and affective range well beyond that of his first five features.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Brunette
Film.com
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January 1, 2000

A gem of a movie!

Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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January 1, 2000

Ghost Dog does right by fans of gangsters, hip-hop and samurais.

Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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January 1, 2000

compellingly strange twist on the mafia genre

Full Review | Original Score: B+
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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January 1, 2000

Fascinating but uneven.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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January 1, 2000

Ghost Dog... is like sitting a parked car in an interesting neighbourhood with a good stereo for nearly two hours.

Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
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January 1, 2000

Ghost Dog is muddled and aimless.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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January 1, 2000

Ghost Dog is... a delight for those who know his work, maybe a mystery for those who don't.

Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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January 1, 2000

Deeply hypnotic as well as entertaining.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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January 1, 2000

By the end, Whitaker's character has generated true poignance.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4