Yojimbo Reviews

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TIME Magazine
March 4, 2013
A movie that is both a wow of a show and a masterpiece of misanthropy.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
May 17, 2011
Kurosawa's masterully executed acion film influenced many young directors, including Segio Leone.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
April 20, 2011
A textbook example of the perfect crowd-pleaser.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
March 28, 2010
The biggest impression left by Yojimbo is the characterization of Sanjuro, whose iconography of stoic cool (that inspired Clint Eastwood's antiheroic "Man with No Name") is consistently undercut with dashes of comical realism...[Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 29, 2009
This is one of those movies where it sounds like none of it should work and yet all of it somehow does.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 18, 2008
Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune team up for one of their most basic and enjoyable samurai films.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 4, 2007
| Original Score: 5/5
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
February 9, 2007
Action-packed, highly comic 1961 translation of Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
February 4, 2007
engages viewers with its larger than life protagonist and easy to follow narrative
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 1, 2007
| Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 17, 2006
Not much on plot or leaving one much to think about, but it sure was entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
If the plot sounds familiar, it's probably because Leone stole it for A Fistful of Dollars.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 20, 2006
Even Eastwood's Man With No Name is inspired, perhaps, by the samurai in Yojimbo.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 3, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
May 4, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
January 23, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 15, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Michael Scheinfeld
TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 30, 2003
The explosive outbursts of violence in Yojimbo are superbly choreographed, with Kurosawa's customary use of a telephoto lens creating a hallucinatory feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 25, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Brandon Judell
PopcornQ
May 8, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
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