100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
13 Assassins is, at turns, thrilling and funny, visually exquisite and emotionally charged.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

The well-crafted 13 Assassins, a remake of a 1960s samurai film, is one of his best; it shows that Takashi could be a great filmmaker if he'd only slow down.
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100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Right makes might in Takashi Miike's excellent-and exceedingly violent-remake of a 1966 Japanese classic by Eiichi Kudo.
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90

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
The picture does, in places, feel like an unspoken homage to Kurosawa, though it's certainly its own distinct creation. But I wonder if it more closely resembles another end-of-an-era picture, Sam Peckinpah's "The Wild Bunch."
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88

Washington Post

Does Guinness World Records have an entry for longest on-screen fight? If it doesn't, Takashi Miike's 13 Assassins just set it. And if a record actually exists, Miike's film just broke it.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Epic in scope, ambition, and execution, it's a classic swords-and-samurai film with postmodern blood and guts, and it's completely satisfying.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The film is terrifically entertaining, an ambitious big-budget epic, directed with great visuals and sound by Takeshi Miike.
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88

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
A must-see for Miike's passionate legion of fans. But even action buffs who've never seen any of his films before will be drawn in by this masterful exercise in cinematic butchery.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
A savage, insane movie - in the best way possible.
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65

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
There's nothing unexpected in this well-made picture, aside from the name of the director: Takeshi Miike.
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87 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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