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The Magnificent Seven Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
September 21, 2016
What was wonderful in the Kurosawa film -- the recruiting and training of the mercenaries -- is just dead time here.

TV Guide
September 21, 2016
Very nearly a classic, this Americanization of Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai does a good job of mirroring the major themes and attitudes of the original while re-creating that monumental film in an occidental setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tony Sloman
Radio Times
September 21, 2016
Director John Sturges was extremely fortunate in securing a near-perfect cast for this enduringly popular western reworking of Japanese classic Seven Samurai.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Simon Miraudo
October 20, 2014
Bernstein's score is one for the ages. This film, however, is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 29, 2011
One of the most iconic Westerns.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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TIME Magazine
December 7, 2011
This film may well be the best western of 1960.
Emanuel Levy
August 8, 2011
John Sturges remake of Kurosawa's masterpiece, Seven Samurai, is enjoyable on its own terms due to the stellar cast, not to mention Elmer Bernstein's score, but it helps to know the Japansese classic.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Carly Kocurek
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Classic shoot-'em-up not for young viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
May 21, 2008
There is a heap of fine acting and some crackling good direction by John Sturges mostly in the early stages, during formation of the central septet.
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Chris Petit
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Sturges' remake of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai is always worth a look, mainly for the performances of McQueen, Bronson, Coburn and Vaughn.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
February 3, 2006
Overly celebrated, but the gun fights are among the best ever in a Western.
| Original Score: A-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 7, 2005
An inferior remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 action classic The Seven Samurai, though worth seeing because of the star performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
November 12, 2005
A classic that's never been one of my favorite Westerns.
| Original Score: 2/5
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
October 10, 2005
If you're going to rip someone off, may as well rip off the best
| Original Score: 5/5
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Howard Thompson
New York Times
May 10, 2005
Even with some highly fetching Mexican scenery in color, this United Artists release, thrusting Yul Brynner well to the fore, is a pallid, pretentious and overlong reflection of the Japanese original.
Pete Croatto
April 20, 2005
Get the Pringles ready.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
January 3, 2005
A classic western, a stellar cast.
| Original Score: 5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
The basic outline was adapted from Kurosawa's classic Seven Samurai and made into an American Western by one of the great innovators of the genre, John Sturges.
Larry Carroll
September 27, 2002
If it's not the greatest Western ever made, it's certainly in the top three. This is the movie that made Steve McQueen a star.
| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
July 28, 2002
Simply one of the most entertaining Westerns ever made.
| Original Score: 5/5
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