Despite the sometime appearance of the whole thing as a forthright travesty, it does have stretches of excitement and cinematic power.
Bosley Crowther - New York Times
Even Eastwood's Man With No Name is inspired, perhaps, by the samurai in Yojimbo.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Action-packed, highly comic 1961 translation of Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest.
Don Druker - Chicago Reader
Rousing, good story, told with vigor and visual excitement by Akira Kurosawa, and splendidly acted by Toshiro Mifune, this has ideal remake material for a Yank company.
Variety Staff - Variety
It is fair to say that, without Yojimbo, certain key aspects of Western cinema would not be the same today.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A movie that is both a wow of a show and a masterpiece of misanthropy.
Dean Essner - TIME Magazine
A textbook example of the perfect crowd-pleaser.
Rob Humanick - Slant Magazine
The biggest impression left by Yojimbo is the characterization of Sanjuro, whose iconography of stoic cool (that inspired Clint Eastwood's antiheroic "Man with No Name") is consistently undercut with dashes of comical realism...[Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
This is one of those movies where it sounds like none of it should work and yet all of it somehow does.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune team up for one of their most basic and enjoyable samurai films.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
engages viewers with its larger than life protagonist and easy to follow narrative
John A. Nesbit - Old School Reviews
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Not much on plot or leaving one much to think about, but it sure was entertaining.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
If the plot sounds familiar, it's probably because Leone stole it for A Fistful of Dollars.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
The explosive outbursts of violence in Yojimbo are superbly choreographed, with Kurosawa's customary use of a telephoto lens creating a hallucinatory feeling.
Michael Scheinfeld - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Brandon Judell - PopcornQ
Japan's definitive leading man, Toshiro Mifune, wields wits that are even deadlier than his Katana. Funny, clever, and never a dull moment.
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
It's timeless drama.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
Every shot in this film is a textbook study of camera movement and placement, composition in depth, and the use of deep-focus photography.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
There's no denying its snappiness. Whenever you shut your brain off, it hums amicably right along.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
Overall, 'twas a good movie, albeit kind of strange.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Great beginning and ending, but drags a bit in the middle.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
It is still clearly the work of a master film-maker, the level of care apparent in every shot being enough to lift Yojimbo out of the generic morass.
Keith H. Brown - Edinburgh U Film Society
One of Japan's great contributions to cinema, the inspiration for spaghetti Westerns and the introduction of a new kind of film hero.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
As art-house film fare, Yojimbo should stand up well.
Dean Essner - Boxoffice Magazine
Massive amounts of swordplay and treachery turn it into one of the most entertaining and best Kurosawa films.
Ted Prigge - Deconstructing Edward