Yurusarezaru mono (Unforgiven) Reviews

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Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]
March 2, 2014
Lee's version offers enough grand spectacle and historical intrigue to carve its own space in the international multiplexes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent
February 28, 2014
The film is remarkably faithful to Eastwood's version. It carries on a long tradition of exchange between Westerns and Japanese samurai films that stretches back to Kurosawa and Sergio Leone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Aldridge
Radio Times
February 28, 2014
It's a curiosity, perhaps, but it's nicely made, beautifully acted and well worth seeking out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
February 28, 2014
Clint Eastwood's 1992 western is adored by just about every critic in the world. Except me. Weirdly, I found Sang-il Lee's reverent remake gripping.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike McCahill
Guardian
February 27, 2014
It's an enduring yarn, well told: a rare remake that functions independently, even as it reminds you - vividly, in places - of the original's elegiac pleasures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
February 27, 2014
Lee has made a film so good that it almost equals its namesake, that sour, magnificent western which won the Best Picture and Best Director Oscars in 1993.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
February 27, 2014
Even at his most dogged and dutiful, Korean director Lee Sang-il crafts a retelling that never dips below a certain baseline of handsome competence, making a great case for the Hokkaido landscapes as a rugged frame for the action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
February 27, 2014
There's no shortage of bloodshed, but rare is the film that uses bullets and flashing blades to provoke sadness rather than excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
February 27, 2014
This "eastern" remake of Clint Eastwood's seminal '90s western boasts a similar sense of rough-shod lyricism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
February 25, 2014
This remake of Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winning epic may lack the austere, classical weight of the original, but it makes up for it in visual splendour. Unexpectedly brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
February 24, 2014
The samurai/Western osmosis is given a terrific new surge by this beautiful-looking, smartly modified translation of the Eastwood classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ali Catterall
Total Film
February 24, 2014
Not as redundant as it sounds ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Gorber
TwitchFilm
September 22, 2013
Let's be explicit here - much, if not all of the pleasure of this version of Unforgiven is tied directly to the previous film. As a standalone project, it's highly interesting, but it's also hardly definitive.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Oliver Lyttelton
The Playlist
September 5, 2013
Taken in its own context, it's a solid, if unremarkable samurai picture. But if you're even vaguely familiar with the Eastwood original, it's so familiar that it's hard to see the point.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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