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13 Assassins Reviews

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Peter Galvin
sbs.com.au
September 8, 2011
The sense of loss, of waste, for a society, a culture, is just heartbreaking. That feeling is something special in a 21st century action picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Moraitis
FILMINK (Australia)
September 6, 2011
It pounds with blood-drenched action, but director Takashi Miike also offers up a thoughtful exploration of honour and loyalty.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
September 3, 2011
There are many deft touches, a sprinkling of humour and a great deal of grunting and shouting as men clash in hand to hand combat. But the supporting premise that this is a good fight to rid the world of an evil man gives the action moral traction
Mike Barnard
Future Movies UK
August 27, 2011
Filmed with inspiration from Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, Takashi Miike delves into his nation's past to create a noble movie that will please fight fans but gives so much more thanks to a compelling story.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Tom Clift
Moviedex
August 15, 2011
While the characterisations are sometimes lacking, the swordplay never is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 13, 2011
The action and spectacle in this film is outstanding making it one of Miike's best films to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
July 28, 2011
This is a gorgeous, technically flawless production, with a subversive bent I wasn't expecting.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
July 14, 2011
A remake of a classic film that is a classic on its own terms. Miike's battleground choreography in the final 20 minutes or so is cinema at its most sublime, a ballet of cruelty second to none.
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 23, 2011
The grandiose concluding sequence is not staged with finesse or subtlety, but with brutal finality. It is the Japanese samurai film equivalent of a barroom brawl on an epic scale, and the violence is punishing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
June 17, 2011
It's an incredibly violent, insanely entertaining movie that features scores of baddies getting killed by sword, arrow, knife, boiling oil, even a stampede of bulls. Wait, check that. Not just bulls. Flaming bulls.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 10, 2011
Familiar though it may be, as samurai movies go, 13 Assassins" is a killer.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 10, 2011
This slam-bang remake of a 1963 feature by Eichi Kudo builds slowly, accumulating characters and themes, then explodes into a prolonged and masterful battle sequence inside a deserted town.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 9, 2011
One can pinpoint the exact moment when 13 Assassins transforms from vivid samurai drama to insane work of genius.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
June 4, 2011
If you love action or samurai movies you cannot miss this film. To adapt Spinal Tap's line, this one turns it up to 13.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 3, 2011
If you can handle the blood, it's a very satisfying tale of vengeance and honor.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
June 2, 2011
Miike may have classed things up, but he certainly hasn't sold out.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 2, 2011
Epic. Unforgettable. Relentless. Magnificently entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 2, 2011
Though 13 Assassins' setup could stand some tightening, it's all necessary prelude to a spectacular, action-packed final hour where all hell breaks loose and the streets and rooftops flow with blood.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
D.K. Holm
Vancouver Voice
May 30, 2011
Miike's movie is a creditable attempt at a chanbara and he takes the genre seriously
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 30, 2011
Too much of a good thing - that's Miike's trademark.
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