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Red Beard Reviews

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Top Critic
Michael Sragow
New Yorker
June 1, 2015
Kurosawa somehow manages to imbue every moment of this three-hour-plus movie with the transcendent vitality and intelligence of a great Victorian novel.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
April 23, 2010
Something for everyone. A masterpiece, and with Kurosawa that's really saying something.
Full Review | Original Score: 93/100
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
June 20, 2009
The final collaboration between director Akira Kurosawa and Japanese icon Toshiro Mifune is one of Kurosawa's most ambitious, personal, and heartfelt films.
Emanuel Levy
June 17, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Akira Kurosawa's Red Beard is assembled with the complexity and depth of a good l9th-century novel, and it is a pleasure, in a time of stylishly fragmented films, to watch a director taking the time to fully develop his characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
May 31, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Michael Szymanski
June 20, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
July 28, 2002
A moving illustration that hope and generosity, even in small amounts, will always persevere and make a difference.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
July 12, 2002
Many directors still have never created one film equal to Red Beard, which only pales when compared to Kurosawa's greatest films
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
A mature work that merits the term most apply to it: Dostoyevskian.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 19, 2012
A banal, discursive and overlong Dr. Kildare-like soap opera, that's no better than General Hospital.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
November 12, 2002
What saves the Criterion DVD is the commentary by film historian Stephen Prince
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Null
July 10, 2002
A major miss... a protracted retelling of General Hospital in 19th century Japan.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 13, 2006
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Nick Schager
DVD Angle
March 14, 2003
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