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13 Assassins Reviews

June 10, 2011
Familiar though it may be, as samurai movies go, 13 Assassins" is a killer.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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.
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-
June 2, 2011
Epic. Unforgettable. Relentless. Magnificently entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: A-
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
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
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
May 19, 2011
A richly cathartic experience with a wide range of emotional colors.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 18, 2011
13 Assassins is a savage, insane movie - in the best way possible.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
May 5, 2011
Epic in scope, ambition, and execution, it's a classic swords-and-samurai film with postmodern blood and guts, and it's completely satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 3, 2011
The film is built as a long crescendo, opening at a level of considered, Zen-like reflection and ending with a prolonged cacophony of elaborate, town-wide annihilation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 2, 2011
Has a mixture of bloodletting and exultation that would make Sam Peckinpah sit up in his grave and howl with pleasure.
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April 29, 2011
13 Assassins is reliably entertaining, but ultimately it's too traditional to be a classic.
April 29, 2011
The great thing, typically, about a Takashi Miike film is that there's no such thing as a typical Takashi Miike film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 29, 2011
"13 Assassins" is a must-see for Miike's passionate legion of fans. But even action buffs who've never seen any of his films before will be drawn in by this masterful exercise in cinematic butchery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 28, 2011
A classic samurai movie, right up there among the finest in the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 28, 2011
"13 Assassins" isn't just an action adventure with horror credentials, but a study in criminal pathology.
April 28, 2011
A stirring, unexpectedly moving story of love and blood...
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 28, 2011
Visually spectacular, with wide-screen cinematography from Nobuyasu Kita, impressive, full-scale sets and special effects and exhausting, immersive action scenes, "13 Assassins" is pretty nearly the samurai classic it sets out to become.
April 27, 2011
If Miike had to make all of his other flicks to get to this brilliant catharsis, it was worth it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 26, 2011
Surprisingly few surprises in this classic samurai costumer from Japan's dark iconoclast Takeshi Miike.
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 22, 2011
It shows that Takashi could be a great filmmaker if he'd only slow down.
September 13, 2010
Wildly kinetic actioner possesses a cool classicism.