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  • Summary: Akira Kurosawa's 1956 classic, set in 16th Century Japan, stands as the prototypical action film.
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  1. It's impossible to imagine how the action genre would have developed without Akira Kurosawa's watershed 1954 movie Seven Samurai.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    100
    Moves like hot mercury, and it draws a viewer so thoroughly into its world that real life can seem thick and dull when the lights come up.
  3. The legendary Mifune leads a superb cast, and Kurosawa's kinetic camera keeps the adventure sizzling with energy and wit from start to finish.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    100
    Much imitated, still unsurpassed. By critical consensus one of the best movies ever made, The Seven Samurai covers so much emotional, historical, and cinematic ground that that it demands to be viewed over and over again.
  5. 90
    Rich in detail, vivid in characterization, leisurely in exposition, this 207-minute epic is bravura filmmaking -- a brilliant yet facile synthesis of Hollywood pictorialism, Soviet montage, and Japanese theatricality that could be a B western transposed to Mars.
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  1. Positive: 37 out of 40
  2. Negative: 2 out of 40
  1. Jul 21, 2012
    10
    I wonder what is must have been like to watch this film back in the 50's. We marvel at modern tech and the advanced cinematography but whenI wonder what is must have been like to watch this film back in the 50's. We marvel at modern tech and the advanced cinematography but when you take all that away, strip it from current movies, you have very little left to marvel at. This movie needs no wizardry, it wins with a perfection that most modern day directors could never achieve even with an unlimited budget...you can't buy a movie this good...it just happens. Expand
  2. KennethM.
    May 18, 2006
    10
    Quite simply the greatest movie ever made. If you have not seen it, you are, my friend, incomplete
  3. AlaricD
    Dec 5, 2009
    10
    Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" is a symphony of cinematic splendor, vibrancy and vision. A talisman of epic action, character and Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" is a symphony of cinematic splendor, vibrancy and vision. A talisman of epic action, character and story-telling perfectly harmonized. Pure genius captured and codified on celluloid. Expand
  4. Apr 27, 2013
    10
    The fact that any one can possibly find anything wrong with Seven Samurai is just bewildering. This is a classic example of truly deep cinemaThe fact that any one can possibly find anything wrong with Seven Samurai is just bewildering. This is a classic example of truly deep cinema that will never be able to be recreated. Simply breathtaking from the performances to the sets, everything is outstanding. Kurosawa was famous for being a perfectionist when it came to his sets and it shines through here. The villages look incredible and everything looks perfect, including the costumes. The action is without par and extremely realistic, which adds to the sense of realism and drama unfolding before us. A perfect film. Expand
  5. Apr 21, 2012
    10
    I love the authenticity and realism of this movie. It might be a tad long compared to today's standard but there is no wasted scene. I loveI love the authenticity and realism of this movie. It might be a tad long compared to today's standard but there is no wasted scene. I love the characterizations and the stories of each of the seven samurai. Expand
  6. Aug 18, 2013
    10
    Quite simply the finest film ever made. Plenty of influence taken from the West, and plenty of what might feel like ham-handed acting andQuite simply the finest film ever made. Plenty of influence taken from the West, and plenty of what might feel like ham-handed acting and dialog by today's mainstream audiences, but it remains one of the most incredible pieces of art in the last century. Nearly every great story theme is in there, and is so layered that it bears repeated watching with no diminishing returns. A masterpiece. Expand
  7. Mar 15, 2011
    0
    Its pretty hilarious that people unanimously pretend to like this movie. It may have been amazing almost 60 years ago but today its kind ofIts pretty hilarious that people unanimously pretend to like this movie. It may have been amazing almost 60 years ago but today its kind of like watching a play; its not much fun and you realize how bad entertainment must have been back then for people to have enjoyed it. This movie made sense in 1954 japan like Islam made sense in 6th century arabia; understandable people were into it at the time, but today its just a work of fiction composed by a borderline retarded person. This movie makes Bio-Dome look like a magnum opus of cinema, in fact Pauley Shore would have really improved the Seven Samurai, add in a Baldwin and it might be watchable by a non-pretentious non-film student viewer. Expand

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