Familiar though it may be, as samurai movies go, 13 Assassins" is a killer.
Tom Long, Detroit News, 2011-06-10
This slam-bang remake of a 1963 feature by Eichi Kudo builds slowly, accumulating characters and themes, then explodes into a prolonged and masterful battle sequence inside a deserted town.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 2011-06-10
One can pinpoint the exact moment when 13 Assassins transforms from vivid samurai drama to insane work of genius.
Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News, 2011-06-09
Epic. Unforgettable. Relentless. Magnificently entertaining.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2011-06-02
Though 13 Assassins' setup could stand some tightening, it's all necessary prelude to a spectacular, action-packed final hour where all hell breaks loose and the streets and rooftops flow with blood.
Scott Tobias, AV Club, 2011-06-02
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.
Sean O'Connell, Washington Post, 2011-05-27
The dialectic about duty may not translate to a modern Western audience, but the savage sword-fighting is to die for.
Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2011-05-27
"13 Assassins" has what many action pictures need, a villain who transcends evil and ascends to a realm of barbaric madness.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 2011-05-26
A richly cathartic experience with a wide range of emotional colors.
Tom Keogh, Seattle Times, 2011-05-19
13 Assassins is a savage, insane movie - in the best way possible.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald, 2011-05-18
A film, like so many samurai stories (and American westerns) about brotherhood, justice and sacrifice, 13 Assassins is, at turns, thrilling and funny, visually exquisite and emotionally charged.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2011-05-12
Epic in scope, ambition, and execution, it's a classic swords-and-samurai film with postmodern blood and guts, and it's completely satisfying.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 2011-05-05
The film is built as a long crescendo, opening at a level of considered, Zen-like reflection and ending with a prolonged cacophony of elaborate, town-wide annihilation.
David Jenkins, Time Out, 2011-05-03
Has a mixture of bloodletting and exultation that would make Sam Peckinpah sit up in his grave and howl with pleasure.
David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture, 2011-05-02
13 Assassins is reliably entertaining, but ultimately it's too traditional to be a classic.
Mark Jenkins, NPR, 2011-04-29
The great thing, typically, about a Takashi Miike film is that there's no such thing as a typical Takashi Miike film.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, 2011-04-29
"13 Assassins" is 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.
V.A. Musetto, New York Post, 2011-04-29
A classic samurai movie, right up there among the finest in the genre.
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, 2011-04-28
"13 Assassins" isn't just an action adventure with horror credentials, but a study in criminal pathology.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, 2011-04-28
A stirring, unexpectedly moving story of love and blood...
Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 2011-04-28