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47 Ronin Synopsis
Outcast samurai seek revenge upon a treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished them.
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By Kim Newman
Perhaps a folly and – Kikuchi aside - too deadpan to be a romp, this is still a decent, colourful samurai spectacle with a classical look...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By David Hiltbrand
An odd mix of stiff and sumptuous.
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New York Post

By Sara Stewart
There’s little sense of urgency, or — oddly, given the film’s title — of scale. You never really think that the 47 are truly outnumbered,...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
While the visuals are lovely to behold, this unremarkable version of the classic 18th century Japanese legend is stiff and uninvolving.
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By Peter Debruge
As impressive as these visual elements prove to be, the film struggles to grab and maintain audiences’ interest, whether or not they know...
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The New York Times

By Nicolas Rapold
47 Ronin can’t entirely paper over the void at its center, traceable partly to the shadowboxing of computer-aided filmmaking or studio...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By David Rooney
It falls short on character definition, emotional involvement, narrative drive and originality.
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McClatchy-Tribune News Service

By Roger Moore
It’s a movie of pointless scenes.
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By Simon Abrams
In spite of its enjoyable, easy-to-exploit aspects, 47 Ronin is a big budget spectacle hamstrung by its need to be at once flippant and...
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Slant Magazine

By Kenji Fujishima
This botched vision accepts the warrior's nobility at face value and sees the story merely as a springboard for high-flying action and CGI...
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Go see it with no expectations and you will have a great time!

By The Happy Anarchist
One of the critics said the actors were too deadpan. Umm they're supposed to be Samurai. Hello? Anyway.... The costumes are colorful, completely over the top, and bizarre; the backdrops looks like...

The so called Professional Movie Critics didn't see the same movie I saw

By tl29szzz920
I almost didn't see this movie. Why, because of the critics reviews. One thing is clear, they didn't see the same movie I did. But more likely they didn't watch the movie, or they didn't get...

Not a bad film.

By Squirrel Dude
For me, I thought the movie tried to have its heart in the right place. The costumes and cinematography was great. Still, I don't know why it tried to blend the mythology of human female able to...

47 Ronin regain their Honor

By dark_and_mysterious
Scenery and action were great, although the lack of blood was a bit annoying. If you cut someones head off, you expect a little blood. Maybe they were trying to keep the rating to PG. This is not...

Not the best, not the worst........

By teewake
As far as movie plots go, there was nothing new about this one. As I was watching I couldn't help but to think of Tom Cruise in the Last Samurai. I 'm not to heavy on the Hollywood type (white leading...


By elltsee
I always enjoy Keanu Reeves' performances. As far as this movie, I enjoyed it too. This was a different movie experience for me in the setting where I viewed it (Dine in). Japanese movie themes of...

Worth The Wait

By Elise25
This movie could have gone either way, but I like some of the actors in it and was optimistic that it would be good. it was. The special effects weren't overdone - just right. Plenty of action and...

Love this movie!

By jbsofia1
It was a little frightening to see how quickly a person could lose his/her head for something we live with everyday -- and it is accepted as simply a part of our culture. On the other hand watching...

47 Ronin

By mulderopschief2
I thought the movie could have been better!! The story line tended to drift. At times the movie was filled with moments of emptiness to drag it on. I was looking for more romance, action and a much...

Totally solid

By jmedows
Not the fastest pace, but that should be expected when one watches films based on this style of film making. The action scenes were great. The special effects were great. I'm a fan of this genre, so...

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Rated PG-13 | For intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images, and thematic elements
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Lifeless take on classic tale with bloodless martial arts.
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