Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. A profound and deeply moving exploration of facing death with dignity.
  2. Reviewed by: V. A. Musetto
    The late Akira Kurosawa's shamelessly sentimental last film is a fond and fitting farewell.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Kurosawa's farewell film is full of sentiment, tears, toasts and songs.
  4. It's not one of Kurosawa's great films.... But it is, within its own proportions, nearly perfect.
  5. 80
    Unabashedly personal and uncool...but between you and me, dear reader, I love it to death.
  6. 78
    It's a satisfying swan song.
  7. This warm, celebratory and very public film is punctuated by sudden and luminous private visualizations.
  8. It is an important work, and a very good one.
  9. 83
    Little spectacle but much bittersweet sensitivity.
  10. Has the expressionistic simplicity of Kurosawa's other late films.

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