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Ninja Scroll Reviews

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Keir Roper-Caldbeck
The Skinny
December 6, 2012
What dazzles most is the contrast between the beautifully rendered, pastoral backdrops of crags, waterfalls, forests, and temples, and the gruesome, stylized violence that takes place against them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Henry Barnes
Guardian
November 22, 2012
A wandering ronin takes on a posse of supernatural ninjas in a whipcracking race that never lets reality get in the way of a hearty bout of blood-lettting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
November 22, 2012
Its baroque sadism and sexism hasn't aged well, but it still packs a visceral kick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
November 22, 2012
There is so much going on here, that the film's total lack of subtext - or, more generously, its pure escapism - only sinks in afterwards. It may be a tale of sound and fury, signifying nothing - but all that demon-whupping sure is fun.
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Ben Walters
Time Out
November 20, 2012
What it lacks in complexity, it makes up for in often dazzling animation ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul M. Bradshaw
Total Film
November 19, 2012
One of the most influential animes ever made ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
August 31, 2010
Characters zip through the trees and move quick as a flash; there's a real sense of speed and weight to these scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Spence D.
IGN Movies
December 17, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
James O'Ehley
Movie Gurus
September 24, 2003
Teenage boys beware: this is NOT a date movie . . .
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 20, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 18, 2003
Ranks high among the classics of Japanese animation.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Alex Fitch
Electric Sheep
November 29, 2012
For those seeking the best ninja/samurai action on screen, there are dozens of live action movies either directed by Akira Kurosawa or based on manga by Kazuo Koike that are much better films than Ninja Scroll.
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