Caleb Johnson’s review published on Letterboxd:
When people talk about "cinema," this is what they mean.
I've never had an experience quite like the one I had while watching this. See, I was actually worried I wouldn't like this as much as I hoped I would. I had known this was a masterpiece for some time, and I just kept hearing all these amazing things about the film that I didn't think there was any possible way it could live up to the expectation I had for it.
Not only did it meet the expectation, but it surpassed it. By FAR. Akira Kurosawa is truly a master, and an incredible talent. This is easily in the top, TOP tier of the greatest films of all time. This is a timeless classic an an experience like no other. This is a film that more than justifies its fairly lengthy runtime by seamlessly absorbing its audience, and investing you in every second, shot, and frame. I wasn't bored for a single damn second of this, and now I feel as though I'd give up almost anything to experience this in a theater.
Obviously, to experience this you'd have to watch it for yourself. I'm avoiding talking about a lot of the plot and characters here, because I don't even want to risk spoiling any detail of this to anyone who hasn't seen it. But I can say this...
Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" is an absolute beast of a film that demands to be seen, and has more than earned its reputation. It is unquestionably, without a doubt one of the greatest films of all time, and should be seen by everyone.
(Also, Toshiro Mifune as Kikuchiyo makes this worth a watch on his own...)