Shichinin no samurai 1954

Critics score:
100 / 100

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Glenn Lovell, San Jose Mercury News: The archetypal action classic. Read more

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: The greatest movie ever made about warriors and battle. Read more

Bosley Crowther, 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. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: 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. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Seven Samurai is an unforgettable masterpiece -- the work of one of the world's greatest filmmakers at the height of his powers. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: 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. Read more

TIME Magazine: Again and again, Kurosawa sends a dark thrill through his audience with a touch of sensuous physical reality. Read more

Time Out: The epic action scenes involving cavalry and samurai are still without peer. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: Besides the well-manned battlescenes, the pic has a good feeling for characterization and time. Read more

J. Hoberman, Village Voice: Rich in detail, vivid in characterization, leisurely in exposition, this 207-minute epic is bravura filmmaking. Read more