The Last King of Scotland (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Last King of Scotland (2006)



Critic Consensus: Forest Whitaker's performance as real-life megalomaniac dictator Idi Amin powers this fictionalized political thriller, a blunt and brutal tale about power and corruption.

Movie Info

In an incredible twist of fate, a Scottish doctor on a Ugandan medical mission becomes irreversibly entangled with one of the world's most barbaric figures: Idi Amin. Impressed by Dr. Garrigan's brazen attitude in a moment of crisis, the newly self-appointed Ugandan President Amin hand picks him as his personal physician and closest confidante. Though Garrigan is at first flattered and fascinated by his new position, he soon awakens to Amin's savagery - and his own complicity in it. Horror and betrayal ensue as Garrigan tries to right his wrongs and escape Uganda alive.more
Rating: R (for some strong violence and guesome images, sexual content and language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jeremy Brock, Peter Morgan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 17, 2007
Box Office: $17.4M
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James McAvoy
as Nicholas Garrigan
Gillian Anderson
as Sarah Merrit
Simon McBurney
as Nigel Stone
David Oyelowo
as Dr. Junju
Stephen Rwangyezi
as Jonah Wasswa
Adam Kotz
as Dr. Merrit
Chris Wilson
as Perkins
Dr. Dick Stockley
as Times Journalist
Barbara Rafferty
as Mrs. Garrigan
David Ashton
as Dr. Garrigan (Senior...
Daniel Ssettaba
as Kay Amin's Servant
Apollo Okwenje Omamo
as Mackenzie Amin
Louis Asea
as Campbell Amin
Giles Foden
as British Journalist 1
Andy Williams
as British Journalist 2
Martina Amati
as Italian Journalist
Rene Peissker
as German Journalist
Stern Jedidian
as American Journalist
Dave A. Tarun
as Asian Tailor
Clare Wandera
as Secretary
Joanitta B. Wandera
as Malyamu Amin
Peter Salmon
as White Businessman
Michael Wawuyo
as Air Force Commander
Muhammed Kaweesa
as Idi's Double
Grace Mugenyi
as Idi's Double
John Bosco Obiya
as Idi's Double
John Olima
as Bagpiper
Angela Kalule
as Chanteuse at Nightcl...
Sam Namatiti
as Bass/Keyboards
Mathias Muwonge
as African Xylophone/Ly...
Afrigo Band
as Band at Party
Ndere Troupe
as Dancers at Rally
The Nyonza Singers
as Choir at Parliament
Barbara Rafferty
as Mrs. Garrigan
David Ashton
as Dr. Garrigan (Senior...
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Critic Reviews for The Last King of Scotland

All Critics (185) | Top Critics (49)

Having cut his teeth on documentaries, Kevin Macdonald acts as if a shaky-cam aesthetic alone is enough to fuel dramatic tension.

Full Review… | February 3, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Captivating hyper-realism, a taut political thriller, and the performance of the year.

Full Review… | November 7, 2012
Empire Magazine Australasia

The Last King Of Scotland will no doubt be picking up an armful of gongs come award season, and rightly so; it's not only lovingly shot and acted, but it evolves into one of the best thrillers of recent memory too.

Full Review… | November 3, 2012

Pit stop for white liberal guilt and neocolonial pillaging

Full Review… | August 28, 2009

Whitaker pulls off a spectacular thespian coup that has Oscar-winner stamped all over it.

Full Review… | June 25, 2008

Its ultimate effect is that of shallow self-congratulation.

Full Review… | April 5, 2008
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Audience Reviews for The Last King of Scotland


Brilliant drama with a stunning cast, and engaging story, The Last King of Scotland tells the story of the life of the personal physician of Ugandan dictator General Idi Amin, who is a brutal dictator. The story is a standout drama, one that is highly engaging from start to finish. In the role General Idi Amin is Forest Whitaker, who gives the role a sympathetic nature despite the fact that Idi Amin was a brutal dictator, but that's what makes Whitaker such a standout actor. Starring aside Whitaker is James McAvoy, who has great on-chemistry with Whitaker and both actors elevate the film significantly. The Last King of Scotland is a superbly crafted drama well worth seeing if you want a riveting drama that is highly entertaining from start to finish. What makes the film what it is, is the performances, the well thought out script and unforgettable story, which is what stands out the most about the film. The performances are something quite unique as well, and like I said, Whitaker is truly superb, and I would say that this one of his best performances. The Last King of Scotland is a superb piece of film, one that is well worth seeing if you enjoy the genre, and with an incredible true story, excellent performances, and vivid storytelling, it's a film that will stay with you long after you've seen it. This is a film that is worth seeing, and there never is a dull moment to be had throughout the film. If you're interested in the subject, or simply want to watch a great drama based on real events, and then you can do no wrong watching this film, it's a film well worth seeing, and it's one of tense, thrilling drama that is brilliant in the way that it tackles its story.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer



Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Forest Whitaker's performance here is truly all it's cracked up to me, and he masters the bipolar switches from terrifying to charming that dictators like Amin are often known for. And as regards the story, it's a bit predictable, but the plot keeps twisting and the action is generally steady, the stakes always high; the point of view of the outsider who's been let in (Amin's personal doctor, played by James McAvoy) is a great one from which to tell the story. Fine, competent film-making, but elevated to rarefied air by the quality of the leading man's performance; Whitaker puts what could be a ho-hum movie on his back and carries it. Great stuff.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

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