The Twilight Samurai (Tasogare Seibei) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Twilight Samurai (Tasogare Seibei) Reviews

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
September 17, 2004
Beautifully captures the end of an age.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 23, 2004
A small, respectful corrective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 2, 2004
An affecting look at the vulnerable side of a warrior
July 1, 2004
As Iguchi, Mr. Sanada epitomizes the kind of man who can still dream and be true to himself amid the daily grind and turmoil. That's a welcome role model in any age.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 17, 2004
About the last days of an era, whittled to a poetic vision of a worthy, solitary man.
Read More | Original Score: A-
June 4, 2004
This is an old man's movie in all the good ways: gentle, humanistic, rich with observation, quietly aware of all that can't be solved by the sword.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 4, 2004
Viewers who stick around will be rewarded with a complex, moving domestic drama -- and a couple of duels.
June 4, 2004
This is an absolutely brilliant film but in a quiet way.
May 27, 2004
[Yamada] does an exquisite job of balancing emotions, even throwing in a little levity without detracting from the impact of the narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 21, 2004
Well worth watching.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 21, 2004
The Twilight Samurai is one action movie older movie audiences should love as much as younger ones.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
May 21, 2004
For audiences raised on Akira Kurosawa movies, Twilight Samurai feels like something of a revelation, a movie in which the hero's struggles hardly seem epic.
Read More | Original Score: B
May 20, 2004
Rich in the kind of economic and social detail that explains how most samurai managed to live out their lives with only infrequent bursts of martial glory.
May 17, 2004
... works on all levels.
May 14, 2004
Presents its own, somewhat revisionist samurai legend as a thoughtful and moving domestic drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 2, 2004
Welcome to Yoji Yamada. After decades of comedies, he arrives -- in this country, at least -- with a uniquely touching samurai film.
April 29, 2004
The film creeps into your affections with admirable stealth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 29, 2004
Perhaps because this is director Yoji Yamada's 77th movie, every aspect of his filmmaking is placidly assured and meaningful.
April 28, 2004
It's wonderful to see a Japanese movie in which a samurai, for all his somber discipline and skill, is also a touching and complicated ordinary man.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 23, 2004
A transcendent, masterfully told story.
April 22, 2004
Stylish flick, which harkens back to the work of old masters like Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
Top Critic
April 22, 2004
Extraordinary film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 21, 2004
A mature, revisionist, Budd Boetticher samurai epic.