Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    Features more than enough thrilling wirework, slow and agonizing deaths, and blood-spattered faces to please even the most discriminating fans of the genre.
  2. 75
    As a moody drama, it falls short, but as lightweight escapism, it sets off sporadic but irresistible explosions of pure cinematic delight.
  3. A movie of such cheerful craziness and nonstop ferocity that you can't take it seriously for a second.
  4. The tone is bleak and the comic-book violence relentless, but the wirework and Yuta Morokaji's stunt choreography are impressive, culminating in a breathless showdown between the title character (Aya Ueto) and 200 foes.
  5. Unfortunately, the film itself -- though it contains some superbly staged and highly lavish action sequences -- lacks the tautness of its heroine.
  6. It's a bad idea to get too fond of any character, no matter how worthy he (or she) may appear.
  7. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    50
    It is probably Kitamura's best film.
  8. 50
    A little boring and extremely long for what it is, all that Azumi really has going for it are several eye-popping battle sequences, including the climax which is a totally delicious celebration of graphic violence, and some nice camera work.
  9. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    50
    An uneven effort overall that when it is working has a strange, engaging energy that is often overturned by an uncertain staidness.
  10. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    50
    Inevitable comparisons to Quentin Tarentino's femme-centered carnage extravaganza "Kill Bill" are not unwarranted insofar as both films featurefeature an abstract, self-conscious, and decidedly post-modern approach to a moribund genre.
  11. Reviewed by: James C. Taylor
    40
    Failing in its attempts at Zhang Yimou–like poetry, Azumi calls to mind a long, blood-splattered director's cut of a Power Rangers episode.
  12. The director, Ryuhei Kitamura, whose earlier films include the cult film "Versus," brings nothing new to the samurai-swordsman game other than some styling shorts for the whelps and a miniskirt for Azumi.
  13. 38
    The story is superficial at best. And the movie is too long.
  14. If you're considering the scenario via Japan's ubiquitous pedo-porn tendencies, you're too educated for this exhaustive, manga-based bloodbath, which trails after these angsty teenyboppers on a scorched-fake-earth path through hundreds of growling baddies of every genre size and type.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. KenG.
    Sep 2, 2006
    7
    A lot of well done action. a likable heroine kicking alot of male ass, a fun villian, an action-packed climax, and a lesbian under-tone; what more do you need? Full Review »
  2. EddD.
    Aug 14, 2006
    8
    Quite good movie, besides is a low budget movie. In an american version it can´t be better.
  3. C.Henry
    Jul 21, 2006
    4
    Sort of a messy ninja movie, not really all that good. It's fun enough to watch, but don't go looking for decent story or plot or characters... or much of anything. It tries to go too far with not enough gas. Full Review »