Joe Gola’s review published on Letterboxd:
I can sort of understand people dragging their feet on watching The Seven Samurai, because when they hear "this is a really, really good movie" they interpret "good" as meaning good in the way that sit-ups are good, or eating lots of fiber, or putting money into a 401k for retirement. Like, you just have to grit your teeth and bear it, and then when it's all over you'll somehow be a better person for it.
Well, here's the thing: it's not good because it's like medicine, it's good because it's an extremely entertaining movie.
Regarding the length … well, I've seen lots of regular-length movies that had me restless and looking at my watch after the first half an hour. The Seven Samurai clocks in at three hours and forty-seven minutes (with intermission), but the time flies right by. I was lucky enough to once see a restored copy of the film on the big screen and it was an fantastic experience. It all went by in a flash.
If you're still on the fence, let's make a deal: just watch an hour — sixty minutes — and if you still don't like it, then we'll call it quits. Okay? That's not so hard, right? You could probably watch an hour of TV just by accident.
Anyway, if you're a fan of things that are awesome, you should do yourself a favor and see this movie.