The Last Samurai - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Last Samurai Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 5, 2003
Grand and undersized, truncated and overlong, The Last Samurai reminds us just enough of what epics used to be to disappoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stephen Himes
Flak Magazine
January 2, 2004
A rare example of a great movie but horrible fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 5, 2003
Nearly all of The Last Samurai's deficiencies spring from the screenplay... As respectful as it is about the similarities of different cultures, it also doesn't quite elude an aura of noble otherness.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
December 4, 2003
A squishy, serious-minded lesson about embracing one's heritage and cherishing the virtues of valor and respect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
January 3, 2004
I sat through it twice. Yes, it is well produced but still panders to a megastar.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
December 5, 2003
It's wannabe-ism on a multimillion-dollar scale, with an icon of Japanese culture somehow crudely penetrated by an interloper and turned inside out.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
December 1, 2003
Watching it is a frustrating experience: you can see what it strives for, only to have that potential snatched away time and again.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Todd McCarthy
December 23, 2003
Disappointingly content to recycle familiar attitudes about the nobility of ancient cultures, Western despoilment of them, liberal historical guilt, the unrestrainable greed of capitalists and the irreducible primacy of Hollywood movie stars.
Brian Orndorf
March 16, 2004
One long, faintly uninspiring experience.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Rob Gonsalves
September 24, 2007
The real point of the film seems to be the poster image of a battle-ready Tom Cruise waving a sword and all decked out in gleaming red-and-black samurai armor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 18, 2003
Zwick has no flair for the supposedly awesome battle scene that should have closed The Last Samurai.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Sobczynski
Critic Doctor
December 4, 2003
Llittle more than a longer, less violent and more pretentious version of 'Kill Bill.' The difference, of course, is that 'Kill Bill' was meant to be a goof.
July 29, 2003
The more you think about it, the worse it gets. What begins as stirring twaddle ends with such absurd self-regard from Tom Cruise that there is not a dry pair of underpants in the house.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Competently mounted in its studiedly immersive, elongated way, Zwick's earnest costume epic dresses a knee-jerk, reactionary sensibility in exotic garb.
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
December 11, 2003
Tom Cruise and $140 million might get you a marathon movie, but The Last Samurai lacks the little things that keep it from feeling that way.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
August 5, 2007
It's a film at war with itself. Worse, it's a mixed bag of carefully packaged entertainment, with little room for spontaneity or surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeanne Aufmuth
December 2, 2003
A mildly satisfying entertainment many moons shy of potential greatness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Blackwelder
December 3, 2003
Perhaps the title Dances with Samurai was already taken...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Arthur Lazere
December 4, 2003
'The Last Samurai' has pretensions to Kurosawa, but it got stuck in the viscous goop of soft soap.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
December 5, 2003
[S]o innocuous that it's barely even there, blending into the beige walls of inoffensive mediocrity.
Alain Silver
Senses of Cinema
February 25, 2004
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