Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samurai Reviews

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James Berardinelli
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
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
The movie ambles along without much direction.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Fascinating but uneven.
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
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.
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Ghost Dog is muddled and aimless.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Too solemn.
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
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
Dan Fazio
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
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
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
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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.
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
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
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 1, 2000
Demerits for the dull execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 1, 2000
This is the sort of film that every adult synapse in your head knows is hipster poppycock, escapism to nothing.
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Too whimsically staged to take as serious suspense, too grimly real to be amusing.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 5, 2002
A handsomely shot, cool-sounding head-scratcher of a film that probably isn't worth the wear on the fingernails.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ed Scheid
Boxoffice Magazine
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
By the end, Whitaker's character has generated true poignance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 7, 2012
Amusing, melancholy, and meditative, Ghost Dog is a modern classic of the hit man genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
January 1, 2000
Stark, dark, dramatic and DEEP.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Todd McCarthy
June 19, 2008
Marco Lanzagorta
Senses of Cinema
July 30, 2010
Fiona A. Villella
Senses of Cinema
June 5, 2001

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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