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The Twilight Samurai (Tasogare Seibei) Reviews

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 14, 2008
There is violence -- the gritty, bloody kind, not the balletic jumping off walls variety -- but it is kept firmly in its place and never allowed to take over.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
May 28, 2007
A story of a father who finds fulfillment in being a father.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Don Willmott
January 13, 2007
Yamada has a master's touch, creating a foggy rural world of hills, rivers, and trees in springtime
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Mckay
June 20, 2005
gives us a humble family man protagonist who goes against the grain of the stereotypical Samurai archetype
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Louis Proyect
June 10, 2005
A masterpiece about a reluctant warrior
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
March 5, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
February 17, 2005
Deeply humane... a bittersweet, eloquent tribute to a man who is bent but not crushed beneath the weight of his various competing duties.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Eric D. Snider
October 19, 2004
Twilight Samurai is to Japanese samurai flicks what Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven was to American Westerns.
Full Review | Original Score: B+

Film Threat
October 6, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 1, 2004
The film does have some very memorable moments. And Sanada's convincing performance as the world-weary former man of action certainly helps.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 1, 2004
Director Yoji Yamada tenderly portrays Iguchi as an anomaly among the ambitious samurai - a quiet man who would rather farm than fight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
September 24, 2004
The story sometimes slips into soapy territory, but when you think the schmaltz is going to ruin it, Yamada gives it just enough of a twist to make you realize this is not your regular romantic film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
September 24, 2004
With Samurai, faced at 71 with what may have been the most challenging project of his career, [Yamada] blossomed like a gnarled cherry tree exploding in flowers on the last day of spring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 17, 2004
Beautifully captures the end of an age.
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
September 16, 2004
Yoji Yamada's film has enough nice-guy self-sacrifice and shows of feminine pluck to fuel a Lifetime miniseries. Not that that's a bad thing, given the quiet power that emanates from Sanada's and Miyazawa's dignified performances.
| Original Score: 4/5
Marc Mohan
August 27, 2004
Intent on presenting a realistic depiction of mundane life in the 19th century and demystifying a central cultural icon, director Yoji Yamada has crafted a stunningly acted saga that explores the true nature of honor.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 27, 2004
It is awash in the precision and beauty of the mundane and the everyday.
| Original Score: 3/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
August 8, 2004
A determined, resolutely paced, and atypical samurai movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
July 30, 2004
Achingly beautiful and deeply moving, The Twilight Samurai turns a familiar genre inside out and finds it full of dramatic gold.
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
July 23, 2004
A small, respectful corrective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006

Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005

Boston Phoenix
June 12, 2004
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 4, 2004
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