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Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samurai Reviews

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January 1, 2000
Only the most ardent Jarmusch fan will be able to suspend disbelief, and the movie turns into an exercise in ideas rather than an excursion along a stable narrative route.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
The movie ambles along without much direction.
January 1, 2000
Fascinating but uneven.
January 1, 2000
Jarmusch, with his noble sincerity and real affection, can't begin to give this grisly, somnambulant essay on the cross-cultural matrix of violence born of over-stimulation and numbness a life of its own.
January 1, 2000
Ghost Dog is muddled and aimless.
January 1, 2000
Too solemn.
May 20, 2003
Ghost Dog himself is so remote and focused on his path, it's hard to drum up a lot of identification or sympathy.
| Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Jim Jarmusch has come up with an unusual and unique product. Unfortunately, the film's erratic tone severely detracts from its few positive qualities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
January 1, 2000
Is there a market for self-consciously stylish movies about gangsters if the films operate in what seems like slow-motion?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
By turns irritating and inviting; Jarmusch's allusive metaphysics has a sensual glide, but much of what he's doing here is also too, too hip.
January 1, 2000
in a profoundly unethical world where even the Mafia code of honor and devotion to the family has been degraded by cowboys whose first loyalty is to their own sorry asses
January 1, 2000
Demerits for the dull execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 1, 2000
This is the sort of film that every adult synapse in your head knows is hipster poppycock, escapism to nothing.
January 1, 2000
Too whimsically staged to take as serious suspense, too grimly real to be amusing.
April 5, 2002
A handsomely shot, cool-sounding head-scratcher of a film that probably isn't worth the wear on the fingernails.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 5, 2002
The solitary Ghost Dog remains too remote a figure to sustain much interest, and certain elements of the film do not fit well together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
By the end, Whitaker's character has generated true poignance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 7, 2012
Amusing, melancholy, and meditative, Ghost Dog is a modern classic of the hit man genre.
| Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Stark, dark, dramatic and DEEP.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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