"5 Stars. Wow, wow, wow."
"insane work of genius"
"**** Epic. Unforgettable. Relentless. Magnificently entertaining."
"CRITIC’S PICK. Does Guinness World Records have an entry for longest on-screen fight? If it doesn’t, Takashi Miike’s “13 Assassins” just set it."
"3 ½ Stars. TERRIFICALLY ENTERTAINING."
"The climactic battle is crazy enough to make even Quentin Tarantino bow down with envy 13 Assassins is a SAVAGE, INSANE movie — in the best way possible."
"****. Thrilling warrior epic with killer battle scenes."
"Kinetic film-making of a high order."
"A stirring, unexpectedly moving story of love and blood."
"A REAL TREAT. The final battle sequence is quite something to behold."
"The final battle sequence is quite SOMETHING TO BEHOLD."
"BRILLIANTLY VIOLENT and VIOLENTLY BRILLIANT"
"13 ASSASSINS is a stone-cold, limb-severin', bull-burnin' masterpiece."
"A CLASSIC SAMURAI FILM"
"Takashi Miike is in TOP, SLASHTASTIC FORM"
"13 ASSASSINS IS PURE PLEASURE. It culminates in a magnificent 45-minute showdown that has to be the best final battle sequence in cinema since, oh Kill Bill at least."
"IT DELIVERS SUCH INTENSITY THAT IT’S HARD TO BREATH, THAT IT’S DIFFICULT NOT TO STAND UP AND CHEER. There are few samurai films (classic or modern) that are as satisfying as this one."
"THE FILM IS A RELENTLESS LOCOMOTIVE. Enthralling and entertaining."
Cult director Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Audition) delivers a bravado period action film set at the end of Japan’s feudal era. 13 Assassins - a “masterful exercise in cinematic butchery” (New York Post) – is centered around a group of elite samurai who are secretly enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord in order to prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a war torn future.