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47 Ronin Reviews

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage
June 21, 2016
47 Ronin's biggest shortcoming lies in never relinquishing its real world footing so the visual artistry can intrigue on its own merits.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Mark Jackson
Epoch Times
June 18, 2016
There's no such thing as bad Jack (Nicholson). There's only vintage and current Jack. However, while there is good Keanu, and even great Keanu, there is also... less good Keanu.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 9, 2015
47 Ronin is a film for nobody, made by committee. Like its samurai, it is masterless.
Billy Tatum
March 4, 2015
Samurai movies may not be everyone's favorite yuletide entertainment, but there's something to be said for Ronin 47.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 11, 2014
47 Ronin looks from the outset like a picture that went off without a hitch.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.0/10
Jason Best
Movie Talk
June 15, 2014
This $175million Hollywood reworking of Japan's most celebrated tale of honour and revenge is a mostly plodding affair, notwithstanding some fantastical sword-and-sorcery flourishes.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
April 16, 2014
the movie is its own worst enemy
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
April 4, 2014
At the helm, Rinsch turns in a movie that's deadly serious yet entirely lifeless.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
April 1, 2014
A handsome movie in many ways, but it feels like an unpolished first draft, one that can't quite decide how fantastical it wants to be.
Russell Edwards
February 21, 2014
There's clearly been a lot of money spent and a lot of effort (not least by the Japanese actors struggling with their English dialogue), but the results are lacklustre, stupid and that worst of cinematic crimes -- dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Anthony Morris
The Vine
February 13, 2014
Reeves does an excellent job of being a stoic servant bound by honour to reject love and embrace death. And "stoic servant" sounds a little like an actor stuck trying to make the best of a big budget film collapsing all around him, if you think about it.
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
February 12, 2014
47 Ronin's emphasis on authenticity leaves it an altogether dour affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andrew Johnson
Movie Mezzanine
January 31, 2014
Rinsch's vision of Japan is brimming with imagination, and I found myself wishing I could spend more time there. I just don't want any of these people with me."
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 23, 2014
This lumbering vanity vehicle for star Keanu Reeves (50 this year!) features him looking as miserable and bored as the audience.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
January 18, 2014
Keanu Reeves struggles to bring any life to this lugubrious, gloomily lit mythical tale about a group of outcast samurai soldiers. Slower than the queue at a ticket machine, it's only when the swords finally start swinging that the film really kicks in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
January 17, 2014
The film makers have cast their own illusion of smoke and mirrors and despite the cinematic spectacle that has the power to engage, the juxtaposition of Reeves' character grates, coupled with stilted dialogue and an overlong running time
Jarrod Walker
FILMINK (Australia)
January 15, 2014
Ignore the poor reviews. The story's a cracker, the action is deftly executed and it's largely, a fun ride.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
January 13, 2014
Unusually grim (for the multiplex) and ritualistic, with nice supernatural flourishes and an outcome that will surprise those unfamiliar with the original story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ed Gibbs
The Sunday Age
January 12, 2014
Given this costly ($US175 million) and largely pointless dirge, shrewd filmgoers may feel compelled to instead explore the original, in all its noble glory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
January 10, 2014
Kikuchi seems to have wandered in from a completely different, campier film; but that's more than can be said for Reeves, who appears to have wandered in from the street.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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