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The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

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Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 0

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Director Michael Mann based this lushly romantic version of the James Fenimore Cooper novel more on his memory of the 1936 film version (starring Randolph Scott) than on Cooper's novel (in fact, Philip Dunne's 1936 screenplay is cited as source material for this film). Set in the 1750s during the French and Indian War, the story concerns Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis), the European-born adopted son of Mohican scout Chingachgook (Russell Means). Hawkeye and his party, which also includes the Mohican

Nov 23, 1999

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (2) | DVD (20)

...the action is richly detailed and thrillingly staged.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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...not as authentic and uncompromised as it claims to be - more of a matinee fantasy than it wants to admit - but it is probably more entertaining as a result.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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He conceives of the story as if it were a gigantic piece of mood music.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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...big, bold, and gloriously sweeping.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
ReelViews
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Mann wasn't thinking story, he was thinking scheme. Keep the eyes and ears dazzled, he reasons, and the substance will follow.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Painstakingly, breathtakingly re-created by director Michael Mann, this landscape makes room for heroes with principles greater than the circumference of their biceps.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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I found certain elements to be brilliant and others to be rather flat.

January 18, 2014 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

It nicely blends together action, romance and history.

March 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Violent historical drama. Not for young kids.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Though set twenty years before the declaration of independence, [director Michael] Mann offers a portrait of a country and a people who have already redefined themselves.

May 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online
Turner Classic Movies Online

Positively sprints through its narrative, achieving the adventuresome spirit so hopelessly absent from Cooper's clumsy and simple novel.

June 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Comment (1)
Antagony & Ecstasy

Has a grim, but overwhelming emotional effect.

August 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

Day-Lewis before he made shoes.

January 21, 2004 | Comment (1)
FilmsInReview.com

An exciting, visually stunning, and satisfying epic adventure that is well worth the full price of admission.

January 1, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Incredible and flawless.

August 22, 2003
Needcoffee.com

A lush and irresistible historic adventure.

July 16, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

Simply terrific action film.

December 12, 2002
Sun Newspapers of Cleveland

remains faithful to the essential spirit of Cooper's work, and actually improves upon it

April 17, 2001 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

Still too bland for my tastes.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Comments (30)
Filmcritic.com

...an immensely satisfying adventure that makes lavish use of the wide screen as it explores the landscapes of the really "Old West," while paying great attention to detail in costumes and set design as it re-creates the period.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The final 25 minutes earn a 5-star rating on their own.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for The Last of the Mohicans

A romance hiding in an adventure story posing as classical literature ... Day Lewis is up to the task as a white man bred amongst savages and nobler for it: "Me no lie!" Stowe breathes heavily in response. A good score and lush visuals aid the proceedings.
August 10, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

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"The Last of the Mohicans" has many things going for it, with powerful acting and a story that is just good enough to make the overall impact great. This film takes place during the mid 1700's when the war between the French and The Indians was underway. It follows one man (Hawkeye) who leads his tribe and falls in love along the way. At times, this film feels more like a love story that is complimented with war scenes, rather than the other way around. I did find myself a bit bored at times, but by the end of the film I appreciated everything and I had a great time. The visuals are great for 1992, the acting is superb, the dialogue is very sharp, and the action does not disappoint, although there could have been a little more and the pacing could have been handled a little better. "The Last of the Mohicans" is a very very good war film and that is a lot coming from me. I have never been the biggest "war" fan!
June 4, 2012
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

A classic story, but a very 90s cinema epic, with sweeping American vistas and a soul-filling grand celtic sounding orchestral soundtrack. Colonial America seemed like a very dog-eat-dog world and the screenplay fails to add more meaning to the characters' lives. It remains an enticing historical account though of the days of much more gentlemen-like wars. I can see its influence on later movies, particularly Jackson's LOTR (Hawkeye chasing Magua, chould easily be replaced by Legolas chasing the Orcs).
February 18, 2012
RossCollinsUK

Super Reviewer

    1. Hawkeye: I will find you! And when I do, to the moon Alice, to the moon!
    – Submitted by Jesse K (11 months ago)
    1. Hawkeye: Someday I think you and I are going to have a serious disagreement.
    – Submitted by Gonzalo D (2 years ago)
    1. Hawkeye: You be strong, you survive... You stay alive, no matter what occurs! I will find you. No matter how long it takes, no matter how far, I will find you.
    – Submitted by Frank E (2 years ago)
    1. Col. Edmund Munro: Death and honor are thought to be the same, but today I have learned that sometimes they are not.
    – Submitted by Frank E (2 years ago)
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  • Le Dernier des Mohicans (FR)
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