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Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samurai Reviews

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 7, 2012
Amusing, melancholy, and meditative, Ghost Dog is a modern classic of the hit man genre.
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
February 3, 2011
Jarmusch's original film, which deconstructs the mobster genre as seen through the eyes of a Samurai, is by turn eccentric, mysterious, and mythical, defying viewers expectations
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Gonsalves
February 13, 2008
One of the coolest movies to come down the pike in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
At once a tribute to traditional notions of honour, loyalty, friendship and professionalism, and a stylish, ironic pastiche inspired by the likes of Melville and Suzuki, it's very funny, insightful, and highly original.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Jarmusch blends these disparate themes into a cohesive film that combines humor and truly unique characters with Eastern philosophy, mobster flick and shoot-'em-up western.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
January 24, 2005
Visually creative film with a remarkable use of color and music.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
I can scarcely think of ways to improve this engrossing, original, near-brilliant production.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
An act of pure, unadulterated creativity that boasts its narrative gambles and poetic whimsy as badges of honor... One of the most improbably gorgeous films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Chris Gore
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Jarmusch and Whitaker are masters at work proving once again that you don't need a huge budget to tell a meaningful story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Xan Brooks
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
This is a picture by turns amusing and melancholic, sweet-centred and dark-edged.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 12, 2002
...I was lulled by the relaxed storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
It reminded me how vibrantly original an honest-to-God independent film can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
Little details, as well as Whitaker's performance ... elevate this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Stephen Farber
January 9, 2002
It's a bit somnolent, but the interactions between Whitaker and his mob bosses strike a few sparks.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
It's a small, offbeat, extremely well-crafted little film that's full of terrific touches. It's also the funniest mob comedy in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 24, 2001
Smart, engaging, and weirdly cool, Ghost Dog defies easy pigeonholing in favor of a complexity all its own.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
September 10, 2001
Less a pastiche than a mastermix from a cinematic DJ at the height of his formalist powers, Ghost Dog is pretty ill -- but it's not evil.
Mark Morris
April 17, 2001
it's original, sharply funny, and rather moving
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Gary Mairs
March 18, 2001
Both a return to form and a heartening attempt to move beyond Jarmusch's increasingly restrictive formal style.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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