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13 Assassins Reviews

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September 13, 2010
One suspects the slash-and-burn Miike of old might have scoffed at [13 Assassins].
September 9, 2011
It doesn't feel like the tour de force it should be.
April 26, 2011
Perhaps something important was spirited away with the 20 minutes of footage shorn for this U.S. release, but the combatants are scarcely distinguishable here even before disappearing under layers of mud and guts.
April 29, 2011
'13 Assassins' should attract action fans, but others may find the straightforward plot unexceptional and the lack of impish outré a letdown from Miike's signature work.
April 26, 2011
Surprisingly few surprises in this classic samurai costumer from Japan's dark iconoclast Takeshi Miike.
June 23, 2013
Miike shows us the absurdity of war by showing us the thrill of war.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 15, 2011
While the characterisations are sometimes lacking, the swordplay never is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 7, 2013
Culminates in a riveting, ingeniously plotted, and inventively shot 45-minute battle scene.
May 4, 2011
The action is intense, inventive and vastly compelling with enough twists and turns to keep your attention throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 29, 2011
The "town of death" sequence, which takes up nearly the second half of the film, ranks among the great action set-pieces ever filmed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 2, 2011
I kind of love this movie.
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
December 7, 2011
A wildly entertaining blockbuster that should appeal outside the extreme Asian cinema niche market.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 20, 2011
The last hour is a wildly entertaining orgy of swords, blood, fire and mud that goes on longer than it probably should, and yet never gets tiresome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 30, 2010
The rousing finale, along with heavy thematic questions about the samurai code of loyalty and moments of levity, make it well worth the wait.
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
January 10, 2013
Entirely too long, but the samurai game of cat and mouse, the strategizing, is fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 7, 2015
Mr. Miike has done such a remarkable job with the overall saga and the characters that one can't help but become emotionally invested.
May 6, 2011
13 Assassins builds into a decent action-fest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 4, 2011
"I thought samurai would be fun but you bore me," says one character. I'm afraid that, after two hours, I agree, though the action is fairly well done if you like that sort of thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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