47 Ronin
47 Ronin (2013)

From ancient Japan's most enduring tale, the epic 3D fantasy-adventure 47 Ronin is born. Keanu Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), the leader of 47 outcast samurai. Together they seek vengeance… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 25, 2013
DVD Release Date: April 1, 2014
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Critic Score: 15% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: 47 Ronin is a surprisingly dull fantasy adventure, one that leaves its talented international cast stranded within one dimensional roles.

Wesley Morris

There's nothing pretty or exciting about this movie (inexplicably, it's in 3-D), even when all anyone's doing is fighting.

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

Believe it or not, for all its additions, it's too respectful. You want it to be funnier, crazier.

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Reagan Gavin Rasquinha
The Times of India

Magical lands and sorcery add to the movie's mythic structure. While Mika is suitably simpering, the witch is delightfully evil and is a pleasure to watch. As for Reeves, his lines are minimal, but his swordplay does all the talking.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

The pacing is cloddish and tone unaccountably dour.

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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer

47 Ronin is admirably devoted to its material, but it's almost tedious to watch.

Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage

47 Ronin's biggest shortcoming lies in never relinquishing its real world footing so the visual artistry can intrigue on its own merits.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club

A singular viewing experience: a multi-colored downer fantasy which combines bursts of imagination with a bleak worldview, resulting in something that rarely feels mainstream.

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Simon Abrams

In spite of its enjoyable, easy-to-exploit aspects, "47 Ronin" is a big budget spectacle hamstrung by its need to be at once flippant and respectful of its honor-driven source material.

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

There's no such thing as bad Jack (Nicholson). There's only vintage and current Jack. However, while there is good Keanu, and even great Keanu, there is also... less good Keanu.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
Mixing a classic Japanese tale with fantasy element this action flick suffers less from the undecided tone but from underdeveloped characters. Some easily could… More
Al S
A sizzling and explosive mix of fantasy and authenticity that makes for a fun two hours of action, adventure and special effects. A stylish, cool and wickedly… More
Manu Gino
Seize Eternity. Good Film! In a nut shell. 47 Ronin has a fair amount of mystical magic and demons peppered throughout a historical tail. A tale of Samurai… More
Phil Hubbs
So what's going on with Keanu Reeves these days huh? he seems to have taken a shine to the Far East recently what with this and 'Man of Tai Chi'.… More
Nikhil Nandu
Even though it is pretty bad, I think that critics were harder on this movie than they should have been. Some of the special effects scenes were solid and the… More
Alex roy
Sloppily made action film, 47 Ronin is a poor excuse of an action film that doesn't deliver. The film is a train wreck from start to finish, and everything… More