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Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samurai Reviews

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.
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
January 1, 2000
Too whimsically staged to take as serious suspense, too grimly real to be amusing.
January 1, 2000
Hypnotic and quietly subversive.
January 1, 2000
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai brings the minimalist director who found fame with 1984's Stranger Than Paradise back to the land of the living.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 1, 2000
Too solemn.
January 1, 2000
Rueful, funny, deliciously off-kilter.
January 1, 2000
Dryly funny and important.
January 1, 2000
Drily funny.
January 1, 2000
Ghost Dog can be as now as the latest hit rap disc, with its hip-hop-culture references and remarkably chilly and affecting score by The RZA of Wu-Tang Clan.
January 1, 2000
A self-conscious but surprisingly entertaining fusion of gangster, martial-arts and western movies.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Surprisingly funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
Ghost Dog is an impeccably shot and sensationally scored deadpan parody of two current popular modes -- the hit-man glorification saga and the Cosa Nostra family drama.
January 1, 2000
Jarmusch has introduced historical references ... that have opened up his imagination and extended his thematic and affective range well beyond that of his first five features.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
A gem of a movie!
January 1, 2000
Ghost Dog does right by fans of gangsters, hip-hop and samurais.
January 1, 2000
compellingly strange twist on the mafia genre
Read More | Original Score: B+
January 1, 2000
Fascinating but uneven.
January 1, 2000
Ghost Dog... is like sitting a parked car in an interesting neighbourhood with a good stereo for nearly two hours.
January 1, 2000
Ghost Dog is muddled and aimless.
January 1, 2000
Ghost Dog is... a delight for those who know his work, maybe a mystery for those who don't.
January 1, 2000
Deeply hypnotic as well as entertaining.
January 1, 2000
By the end, Whitaker's character has generated true poignance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4