Zarif’s review published on Letterboxd:
What impresses me most (aside from the plethora of other aspects throughout that deserve every ounce of praise) was the almost hypnotic trance Kurosawa manages to accomplish with this particular tone and atmosphere. You feel invested in every conversation, every questionable decision, every joke to remind you that at the end of the day, these samurai are human. Every kill down to its last is either frustrating or satisfying. Some of the shots toward the end are packed with so much emotion not even half the movies today on an equal gargantuan scale manage to come close to doing, and that's something I find really admirable and why this is still being discussed today.