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13 Assassins Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 28, 2011
13 Assassins may well be the most wholly accomplished and satisfying film to come our way all year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 27, 2011
The 13th assassin, an uncouth mountain man, offers a critique of his noble companions -- and of the code-of-duty genre he finds himself occupying -- when he comments: 'Do only samurai matter in this world?'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
May 27, 2011
It absolutely, undeniably delivers the goods. And those goods are soaked in blood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
May 27, 2011
The final 40-plus minutes are bananas.
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Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
May 27, 2011
Does Guinness World Records have an entry for longest on-screen fight? If it doesn't, Takashi Miike's "13 Assassins" just set it. And if a record actually exists, Miike's film just broke it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 27, 2011
The dialectic about duty may not translate to a modern Western audience, but the savage sword-fighting is to die for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 26, 2011
"13 Assassins" has what many action pictures need, a villain who transcends evil and ascends to a realm of barbaric madness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Glenn Lovell
CinemaDope
May 21, 2011
... a subversive, action-packed, beautifully crafted samurai revenge epic ... climaxes in a 40-minute pitched battle that utilizes sword, arrow, spear, slingshot and ‒ here's a new one ‒ burning bull.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
May 19, 2011
A richly cathartic experience with a wide range of emotional colors.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 18, 2011
13 Assassins is a savage, insane movie - in the best way possible.
| Original Score: 3/4
Andy Klein
Brand X
May 17, 2011
... the main attraction here is the big battle, for both its wild swordplay and the endless variety of clever devices and strategies the samurai come up with to even their odds against [the villains'] overwhelming numeric superiority.
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
May 15, 2011
Cuts its way through a familiar samurai story.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 13, 2011
It's as if Miike wished to add his name to the list of old-time, classical action directors, alongside the likes of Robert Aldrich or Sam Peckinpah.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
May 12, 2011
The film really isn't much like anything else. It's also likely to land on the shortlist of the year's best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
May 12, 2011
Underneath the mayhem? Miike's surprisingly thoughtful critique of the samurai culture and the honor code that gave a society structure and meaning, but not justice, or a way forward.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 12, 2011
A film, like so many samurai stories (and American westerns) about brotherhood, justice and sacrifice, 13 Assassins is, at turns, thrilling and funny, visually exquisite and emotionally charged.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christoph Huber
Sight and Sound
May 10, 2011
Miike's magisterial craftsmanship is beyond doubt as he sets up another complex study of violence and its implications.
May 9, 2011
13 Assassins may look like another classic samurai film in the old-school tradition, but it is to Kurosawa's genre classics what Sam Peckinpah's westerns were to John Huston's.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Guardian
May 8, 2011
Kinetic film-making of a high order.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
May 6, 2011
13 Assassins builds into a decent action-fest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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