The Last King of Scotland Reviews

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 7, 2012
Captivating hyper-realism, a taut political thriller, and the performance of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ali Gray
November 3, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Fernando F. Croce
August 28, 2009
Pit stop for white liberal guilt and neocolonial pillaging
June 25, 2008
Whitaker pulls off a spectacular thespian coup that has Oscar-winner stamped all over it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
April 5, 2008
Its ultimate effect is that of shallow self-congratulation.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brandon Fibbs
February 28, 2008
Whitaker portrays Amin as funny, vulnerable, tender and enigmatic -- all without ever letting us forget he was a maniacal monster.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Dragan Antulov
June 22, 2007
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Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
June 5, 2007
it's Whitaker that kept the film alive when everyone was handing him Best Actor statuettes
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 4, 2007
...Whitaker's superb work remains the highlight of an otherwise routine effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
April 21, 2007
Historical fantasy rules in Hollywood's Africa.
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
March 15, 2007
It's a deconstruction of Idi Amin's persona, played with such dedication by Whitaker the surrounding narrative feels without purpose.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
March 5, 2007
There is surprise in Whitaker's step, with a curtain of menace running beneath it. His is one of the fiercest, least predictable performances of 2006, so fully on edge that he becomes the movie's edge.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
The four highly diverse leads are uniformly excellent.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
February 9, 2007
Whitaker brings us close to Amin, yet he never allows us to actually become comfortable around the man. His Amin is capricious and unpredictable, a personality that can seem volcanic one moment and vulnerable a few minutes later.
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
February 7, 2007
La película vale la pena sobre todo por la imponente actuación de Forest Whitaker, igualmente encantador o amenazante en la piel de uno de los dictadores más sanguinarios de África.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
February 7, 2007
Two terrific performances cap this interesting historical perspective on ruthless dictator Idi Amin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
February 5, 2007
Whitaker's incendiary and incandescent performance dominates this movie as much as Helen Mirren's performance defines The Queen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5/4
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
February 4, 2007
Exalando um carisma mais do que apropriado ao personagem, [Forest Whitaker] busca seduzir não apenas Nicholas, mas também o espectador.
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 3, 2007
Having cut his teeth on documentaries, Kevin Macdonald acts as if a shaky-cam aesthetic alone is enough to fuel dramatic tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
February 2, 2007
Whitaker's riveting and deserved Oscar-nominated performance pretty much dominates -- almost to the point of overpowering -- this fictionalized drama, based on Giles Foden's novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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