Ninja Scroll Reviews

February 6, 2019
Ninja Scroll is a champion of anime and belongs in the upper echelons of its history.
February 15, 2018
For fans of Japanese animation at its most colorful, stylized, and ultraviolent, the film delivers the goods.
February 15, 2018
No-nonsense quest movie is chock-full of bloody slice-and-dice action, suitably grotesque villains and life-and-death confrontations.
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.
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.
November 22, 2012
Its baroque sadism and sexism hasn't aged well, but it still packs a visceral kick.
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.
November 20, 2012
What it lacks in complexity, it makes up for in often dazzling animation ...
November 19, 2012
One of the most influential animes ever made ...
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.
December 17, 2004
September 24, 2003
Teenage boys beware: this is NOT a date movie . . .
July 20, 2003
February 18, 2003
Ranks high among the classics of Japanese animation.