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The Hidden Fortress (kakushi-toride No San-akunin) Reviews

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Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
May 2, 2014
Kurosawa was drawing influence from American directors like John Ford, so its an enjoyable film, but sometimes the movies that influenced a generation of filmmakers lose some of their luster because they've been borrowed from so many times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
April 10, 2014
For all its scale, it is at its heart a "nerd" comedy
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matthew Sorrento
Film International
April 10, 2014
Mifune shines and invigorates what remains secondary Kurosawa (less rewarding than Throne), but a solid primal adventure in its own right.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
March 25, 2014
The play of light and dark elements in what's arguably Akira Kurosawa's most broadly appealing and entertaining picture...explores a dichotomy of the idiocy of greed and the rewards of sacrifice. [Criterion Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
March 19, 2014
An immaculately staged bit of escapist entertainment that should not get lost among Kurosawa's more celebrated works.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Keith Phipps
The Dissolve
March 17, 2014
Kurosawa stages every scene with an eye toward screen-filling spectacle, [...] But he's also concerned with the characters' journey, and how they change-or don't-along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 22, 2009
Highly entertaining comical samurai film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Paul Brenner
Filmcritic.com
April 6, 2009
a masterpiece of composition, atmosphere, and subtext.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 26, 2006
I enjoyed The Hidden Fortress as I do all of Kurosawa's movies...for those wonderful, keenly felt moments of life in harmonious balance with the world surrounding it
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
November 14, 2005
Why don't we have a Kurosawa altar at which to worship? After all, this is one temple I'd actually attend.
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 22, 2005
[An] exciting adventure epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Essentially a superficial film and that Kurosawa, for all his talent, is as prone to pot-boiling as anyone else.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
July 16, 2003
No Star Wars fan should miss this suspiciously familiar samurai epic.
| Original Score: 4/5
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
June 20, 2003
Kurosawa reminds us that he really is the best Samurai movie director ever ... There are many laugh out loud moments, and the film also bears some of Kurosawa's finest action sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 27, 2003
By introducing comedy into the mixture and telling the tale from an atypical perspective, Kurosawa has differentiated The Hidden Fortress from nearly every similar feudal era Japanese epic ever committed to the screen. This is a masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
George Lucas gives this Kurosawa classic its props as one of his inspirations for Star Wars.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
February 17, 2002
...memorable scenes and a touch of samurai honor code and philosophy to ponder
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jamie Russell
BBC.com
January 26, 2002
The Hidden Fortress effortlessly intertwines action, drama, and comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 1, 2001
It's a top-notch work with a lot more humour than most Kurosawa films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
June 10, 2001
Full of chases, near captures, sword fights, and epic battles, as well as plenty of humor, both of the slapstick and wordplay varieties.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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