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Throne of Blood Reviews

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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-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 7, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
January 23, 2014
These most powerful of men are just puppets or, more aptly, fools embracing the illusion that they are masters of a world that views them as ... a punchline to the cosmic joke
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Matthew Sorrento
Film International
April 10, 2014
Kurosawa grounds this downward spiral through the presence of Toshiro Mifune, who personalizes the Macbeth role while making it greater than his historical moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
October 6, 2007
In fact, in the scene where Lady Asaji leaves a room and disappears into the darkness to get sake to make the guards drunk, the ominous rustling of her silk gown is as chilling as Lady Macbeth's lines.
| Original Score: 10/10
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 1, 2008
Akira Kurosawa's remarkable 1957 restaging of Macbeth in samurai and expressionist terms is unquestionably one of his finest works -- charged with energy, imagination, and, in keeping with the subject, sheer horror.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 30, 2008
One of Kurosawa's best and arguably the best Shakespeare ever filmed.
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 5, 2007
Toshiro Mifune gives a winning quirky performance.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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-
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.
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
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
Keith H. Brown
Edinburgh U Film Society
January 1, 2000
A prime example of cinematic cross-cultural pollination.
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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.
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
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 9, 2004
It is, in our opinion, one of the greatest of reasons to go to the movies.
| Original Score: 5/5
Edward Havens
FilmJerk.com
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+
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
March 10, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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Variety
March 26, 2009
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