At its heart, The Twilight Samurai is about as conventional as a samurai film can get.
Beautifully captures the end of an age.
| Original Score: 4/5
Seeing this samurai brave the challenges of childrearing and twilight duels is truly an honor.
| Original Score: 4/4
The closing third of the film is magnificent in the way it gathers all we have learned about Seibei, and uses it to bring depth to what could have been a routine action sequence, but is much more.
Well worth watching.
| Original Score: 3/4
This could be the first ninja movie that will make you cry.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Yamada has a master's touch, creating a foggy rural world of hills, rivers, and trees in springtime
... works on all levels.
Twilight holds our interest by titillating us with the promise of action, with a constant sense of held-back emotions that are ready to explode.
Twilight Samurai is to Japanese samurai flicks what Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven was to American Westerns.
| Original Score: B+
This is an absolutely brilliant film but in a quiet way.
The film creeps into your affections with admirable stealth.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
There is violence -- the gritty, bloody kind, not the balletic jumping off walls variety -- but it is kept firmly in its place and never allowed to take over.
...offers a nice sense of the samurai lifestyle as well as identifiable individual personalities and metaphorical contemporary commentary that doesn't dip into preachiness.
| Original Score: A-
One of the most beautiful period films in recent memory, made with no pretension or overstatement to tell a deeply personal story.
| Original Score: 5/5
an unconventional look at a bygone way of life. Yoji Yamada has delivered a timeless film, rooted both in past and present.
| Original Score: A
[The Twilight Samurai] is a brilliantly conceived and executed epic tale that brings it down to a personal level
... both confronts the contradictions of the Bushido code in the mercenary world of political expediency and celebrates it in its purest form.
A mature, revisionist, Budd Boetticher samurai epic.
The director Yoji Yamada's devotion to somber, everyday detail will test the patience of many viewers of this initially slow-going character drama.
| Original Score: 3/5