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Yojimbo Reviews

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TIME Magazine
March 4, 2013
A movie that is both a wow of a show and a masterpiece of misanthropy.
Emanuel Levy
May 17, 2011
Kurosawa's masterully executed acion film influenced many young directors, including Segio Leone.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
April 20, 2011
A textbook example of the perfect crowd-pleaser.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
March 28, 2010
The biggest impression left by Yojimbo is the characterization of Sanjuro, whose iconography of stoic cool (that inspired Clint Eastwood's antiheroic "Man with No Name") is consistently undercut with dashes of comical realism...[Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 29, 2009
This is one of those movies where it sounds like none of it should work and yet all of it somehow does.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 18, 2008
Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune team up for one of their most basic and enjoyable samurai films.
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
February 9, 2007
Action-packed, highly comic 1961 translation of Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
February 4, 2007
engages viewers with its larger than life protagonist and easy to follow narrative
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 17, 2006
Not much on plot or leaving one much to think about, but it sure was entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
If the plot sounds familiar, it's probably because Leone stole it for A Fistful of Dollars.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 20, 2006
Even Eastwood's Man With No Name is inspired, perhaps, by the samurai in Yojimbo.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 30, 2003
The explosive outbursts of violence in Yojimbo are superbly choreographed, with Kurosawa's customary use of a telephoto lens creating a hallucinatory feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Despite the sometime appearance of the whole thing as a forthright travesty, it does have stretches of excitement and cinematic power.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Mckay
March 21, 2003
Japan's definitive leading man, Toshiro Mifune, wields wits that are even deadlier than his Katana. Funny, clever, and never a dull moment.
| Original Score: 5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
It's timeless drama.
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James Berardinelli
October 10, 2002
It is fair to say that, without Yojimbo, certain key aspects of Western cinema would not be the same today.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
September 9, 2002
Every shot in this film is a textbook study of camera movement and placement, composition in depth, and the use of deep-focus photography.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeremy Heilman
July 21, 2002
There's no denying its snappiness. Whenever you shut your brain off, it hums amicably right along.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
July 12, 2002
Overall, 'twas a good movie, albeit kind of strange.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Variety Staff
February 13, 2001
Rousing, good story, told with vigor and visual excitement by Akira Kurosawa, and splendidly acted by Toshiro Mifune, this has ideal remake material for a Yank company.
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