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Throne of Blood Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
July 31, 2003
Kurosawa's film ranks as a classic that holds up over the years for its tight construction and masterful cinematic technique
Full Review | Original Score: A-
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
July 30, 2003
Filters themes of greed and power lust through visuals that are so rich and densely textured that they take on a life of their own.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
This is filmmaking with risk and greatness in its blood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
July 29, 2003
Throne of Blood, Akira Kurosawa's searing adaptation of Macbeth, fluidly weaves Shakespeare's fluid lyricism with a distinct Japanese flavor.
Full Review | Original Score: 92/100
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
July 23, 2003
May not approach the lofty standards of something like The Seven Samurai, but it certainly stands as one of the director's finest and most accessible efforts.
| Original Score: 88/100
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
June 19, 2003
Director Akira Kurosawa's "Throne of Blood" has been widely hailed as a masterpiece, but it's impossible to watch free from the shadow of his far superior film "Ran."
Full Review| Original Score: B-
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Glenn Abel
Hollywood Reporter
June 16, 2003
Widely regarded as one of the most successful film adaptations of a Bard play.
Matt Langdon
June 2, 2003
Throne of Blood is one of Kurosawa's most tightly structured films with regards to cinematic form and content.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
We label it amusing because lightly is the only way to take this substantially serio-comic rendering of the story of an ambitious Scot into a form that combines characteristics of the Japanese No theatre and the American Western film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
May 18, 2003
Its primary source subject to familiarity and its author's trademark apparent, Throne of Blood is nonetheless original, liberally inspired by multiple sources and seen, in result, as a singular novelty.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Throne of Blood is the grizzliest Macbeth you're likely ever to see.
Edward Havens
August 13, 2002
Mifune was a primal force to be reckoned with, and in films like Throne of Blood, that animal instinct shone brightly.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Jeremy Heilman
July 30, 2002
Kurosawa's dim view of humanity in the face of nature in Throne of Blood is reflected everywhere visually.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 26, 2002
Kurosawa at the top of his game, Mifune at his most darkly compelling, and the best realization of Shakespeare ever put to film.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jamie Russell
January 8, 2002
Throne of Blood spectacularly transforms the source play -- turning it into a terrifying journey through darkness, evil, and despair.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
January 6, 2002
The director's vision of Macbeth as a samurai is still a stunning reading, not merely of Shakespeare, but of history, power and sexual politics.
Scott Tobias
Glyphs Film Guide
January 1, 2000
This film is a must see for anyone who appreciates film as well as anyone who loves Shakespeare, two very laudable conditions.
Keith H. Brown
Edinburgh U Film Society
January 1, 2000
A prime example of cinematic cross-cultural pollination.
Dragan Antulov
January 1, 2000
A slightly disappointing film that could be truly enjoyed only by the most enthusiastic Kurosawa fans, able to withstand Great Master even when he is not at his best.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 7, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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