The Last King of Scotland Reviews

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Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
February 2, 2007
The horror, when it finally moves to the centre of the screen, gives us Amin's barbarity in close-up -- and he's still smiling.
January 31, 2007
Whitaker's riveting performance as the unraveling Amin is where this film wants to be; instead we're stuck with Garrigan's Jesus Christ pose, and the expected out that amounts to little more than, "Forget it, Nick. It's Africa."
January 31, 2007
Whitaker is electrifying (I hate it when critics use that word, but seriously, it applies), but the film itself is merely agur for his performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
January 29, 2007
Compositions are dense with beautiful and brutal images; and when the camera wobbles and the cuts become frequent, the freneticism is justified by the increased fracturing of Amin's sanity and Garrigan's security.
| Original Score: 4/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 25, 2007
Forest Whitaker's towering performance as Idi Amin is frighteningly realistic, in his portrayal of the larger-than-life violent, madman dictator president of Uganda.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 19, 2007
A chilling story story of how men become corrupted by power and are capable of the most horrendous evil imaginable.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
January 19, 2007
Though the film is mostly fiction, Idi Amin was the real deal, and Whitaker revels in the role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
January 19, 2007
The film itself is not as impressive as Whitaker's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
January 19, 2007
The Last King of Scotland, fitting its brutal subject, is not an easy film. Yet in the realm of movies that depict seductive, evil men of power who easily smile as they kill, it's a bloodstained achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
January 19, 2007
Forest Whitaker's intense, studied performance shows Amin not only as a madman responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of his countrymen, but as a charismatic figure capable of winning hearts and minds
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
January 19, 2007
Forest Whitaker's performance isn't worth the greatest-of-all-time hyperbole, but the actor is so evil, afraid and human in the role that he turns even a fart joke into nuance. His unpredictable, unstoppable force prevents the film from failing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 19, 2007
Whitaker ... supplies this pulp bogeyman with a human face and heart, enlisting - for moments at least - our empathy as well as our horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 91/100
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 19, 2007
Whitaker shows him as a man who sees his own actions as perfectly rational. He is not a cartoon villain, but a dangerous madman...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
January 18, 2007
Without the force of Whitaker's presence, Scotland is a mediocre, predictable and fitfully engaging tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 18, 2007
Whitaker shifts from jovial teddy bear to maniacal bull in an instant, at once displaying the intimidation and charisma of an evil but undeniably colorful figure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 17, 2007
Forest Whitaker's portrayal of the blood-soaked Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in Kevin McDonald's The Last King of Scotland is mesmerizingly brilliant
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 17, 2007
[G]etting lost in all the well-earned love for Whitaker is his costar, James McAvoy, the primary focus through which Whitaker's starburst prisms into its brilliance...
Nev Pierce
Total Film
January 12, 2007
A smart, searing thriller with blistering performances from McAvoy and Whitaker. Like the best Graham Greene script Graham Greene never wrote.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jamie Russell
FilmFour.com
January 12, 2007
Whitaker's chilling, charismatic take on Uganda's General Idi Amin in The Last King Of Scotland stands up there with the great depictions of unhinged dictators like Antony Hopkins' Hitler in The Bunker or Christian Clavier in the 'Napoleon' mini-series.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Leyland
BBC.com
January 12, 2007
Hard to believe that an actor previously renowned for his gentleness could play such a monster, but the transformation is seamless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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