100

Portland Oregonian

By Shawn Levy
The adaptation of "King Lear" to feudal Japan is an extraordinary spectacle.
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100

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
One of the 10 best films ever made, period.
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100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Desmond Ryan
The triumphant masterpiece of Akira Kurosawa's fertile twilight.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
As close to perfect as filmmaking gets.
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100

Variety

A dazzlingly successful addition to his (Kurosawa's) distinguished career.
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100

San Francisco Examiner

By G. Allen Johnson
Kurosawa pulled out all the stops with Ran, his obsession with loyalty and his love of expressionistic film techniques allowed to roam freely.
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100

TV Guide

By Frank Lovece
Stands separate from the rest, in a pantheon, a true cinematic masterwork of sight, sound, intelligence, and most importantly--passion.
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95

Mr. Showbiz

By F. X. Feeney
The Japanese title means chaos, and that is what is let loose when a powerful king foolishly tries to release the reins of power, in the hopes of enjoying a peaceful old age.
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90

Chicago Reader

By Jonathan Rosenbaum
A stunning achievement in epic cinema.
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80

Village Voice

By Amy Taubin
A magisterial film, but not quite a great one.
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90 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.