The Twilight Samurai Synopsis
A woman (Rie Miyazawa) helps a samurai (Hiroyuki Sanada) out to kill a swordsman.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Seibei's story is told by director Yoji Yamada in muted tones and colors, beautifully re-creating a feudal village that still retains its...
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's wonderful to see a Japanese movie in which a samurai, for all his somber discipline and skill, is also a touching and complicated...
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Deeply affecting.
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88

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
Reflective, touching, intimate portrait of a samurai facing action in his waning years.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Twilight is a great samurai film in the way that "Unforgiven," "The Gunfighter" or "Will Penny"--all muted, somber films about aging...
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75

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
There are a few fight scenes, but they're as unshowy as the rest of this restrained film. If your warrior ideal is Uma Thurman in "Kill...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Carla Meyer
Timeless.
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75

Miami Herald

By Marta Barber
Not for those with limited attention spans, though there's never a dull moment.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The anti-"Kill Bill." This is an old man's movie in all the good ways: gentle, humanistic, rich with observation, quietly aware of all...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Although the pace is slow, "Twilight" is a moving account of a family in crisis and the love that provides a short window of happiness for...
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A must see

By Spartacus2000
A beautifully crafted masterpiece about a reluctant warrior capturing the end of an age and as I watched this film I could not help become attached to main character. As the title infers, don’t...