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The Twilight Samurai (Tasogare Seibei) Reviews

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
May 20, 2004
At its heart, The Twilight Samurai is about as conventional as a samurai film can get.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 17, 2004
Beautifully captures the end of an age.
| Original Score: 4/5
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
July 20, 2004
Seeing this samurai brave the challenges of childrearing and twilight duels is truly an honor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 21, 2004
The closing third of the film is magnificent in the way it gathers all we have learned about Seibei, and uses it to bring depth to what could have been a routine action sequence, but is much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 21, 2004
Well worth watching.
| Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 23, 2004
This could be the first ninja movie that will make you cry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 17, 2004
... works on all levels.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 28, 2004
Twilight holds our interest by titillating us with the promise of action, with a constant sense of held-back emotions that are ready to explode.
| Original Score: 3/4
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+
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 4, 2004
This is an absolutely brilliant film but in a quiet way.
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
April 29, 2004
The film creeps into your affections with admirable stealth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
May 10, 2004
...offers a nice sense of the samurai lifestyle as well as identifiable individual personalities and metaphorical contemporary commentary that doesn't dip into preachiness.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 22, 2004
One of the most beautiful period films in recent memory, made with no pretension or overstatement to tell a deeply personal story.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 25, 2004
an unconventional look at a bygone way of life. Yoji Yamada has delivered a timeless film, rooted both in past and present.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 26, 2004
[The Twilight Samurai] is a brilliantly conceived and executed epic tale that brings it down to a personal level
Full Review | Original Score: A
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July 22, 2004
... both confronts the contradictions of the Bushido code in the mercenary world of political expediency and celebrates it in its purest form.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
April 21, 2004
A mature, revisionist, Budd Boetticher samurai epic.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
April 22, 2004
The director Yoji Yamada's devotion to somber, everyday detail will test the patience of many viewers of this initially slow-going character drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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