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80

L.A. Weekly

By Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
Film is a ghostly and gorgeous tale of a court magician, the legendary Abe no Seimei.
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80

Chicago Reader

By J.R. Jones
Superior summer entertainment.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
Emerges as an epic tale of love, sacrifice and redemption that attains a Shakespearean aura of grandeur and nobility of spirit.
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63

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
It clearly wants to be more, but it's failed by its lightweight leads.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Patrick Z. McGavin
The movie is rich with detail, characters and a specific historical context, even if its narrative is incoherent. But its cheap, gauzy veneer and primitive special effects are fun on their own terms.
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60

Variety

By Robert Koehler
The effects prove extremely uneven, with sub-par touches alongside astonishing and truly unforgettable shots.
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60

The New York Times

By Dave Kehr
Has the sense of gritty, practical politics of a Japanese samurai epic combined with the high-flying stunt work and magical special effects of a Hong Kong romp. Ultimately this film by Yojiro Takita is satisfying on neither level, but not for lack of trying.
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50

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
The quality of the CGI-heavy special effects is variable and Nomura's fey performance as Seimei gives his relationship with Hiromasa a distinctly homoerotic cast that may or may not be intentional, but the demon zombies and Doson's cackling familiar are crowd pleasers.
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25

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Every once in a while the old-fashioned costume drama comes alive, only to sink again into run-of-the-mill special effects and long periods of talkative tedium.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The moments of action are interspersed with lengthy plot developments that are hard to follow.
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53 out of 100
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