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New York Times:
[Kurosawa] has loaded his film with unusual and exciting physical incidents and made the whole thing graphic in a hard, realistic western style.
Kurosawa's film is a model of long-form construction, ably fitting its asides and anecdotes into a powerful suspense structure that endures for all of the film's 208 minutes.
Seven Samurai is an unforgettable masterpiece -- the work of one of the world's greatest filmmakers at the height of his powers.
Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai (1954) is not only a great film in its own right, but the source of a genre that would flow through the rest of the century.
Again and again, Kurosawa sends a dark thrill through his audience with a touch of sensuous physical reality.
The epic action scenes involving cavalry and samurai are still without peer.
Besides the well-manned battlescenes, the pic has a good feeling for characterization and time.
Rich in detail, vivid in characterization, leisurely in exposition, this 207-minute epic is bravura filmmaking.