• R, 1 hr. 53 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Michael Hoffman
    In Theaters:
    Jan 15, 2010 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 22, 2010
  • Sony Pictures Classics


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The Last Station Reviews

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Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

Despite its strong performances The Last Station is a bland and middle-of-the-road period film with faint literary pretensions.

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 10, 2010
Andrea Hubert
Little White Lies

Hoffman injects as much wit, humour and pace into an essentially dry sequence of events as possible... yet even the film's ironclad performances can't save The Last Station from a distinct lack of action.

| Original Score: 3/5

February 19, 2010
Michael Phillips
At the Movies
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It just feel like a lifeless costume drama.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

December 14, 2009
Grant Rollings
Sun Online

If it wasn't for their excellent acting, I don't think I would have reached the end of The Last Station either.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 3/5

February 19, 2010
Brian Pendreigh
Radio Times

While Michael Hoffman's direction is acceptable, it ultimately fails to pull the package together and lacks the inspiration his stars and his subject clearly have in spades.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 19, 2010
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

Drawing on Jay Parini's novel of the same name, Hoffman's film is potentially rich in dramatic situation, but it squanders these possibilities by making them dependant on the director's underimagined central quartet.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

November 30, 2009
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online

The troika of tones is an unrepentant muddle, akin to Uncle Vanya chatting it up with King Lear while Boris Badenov hunkers nearby, rubbing his hands in glee at the thought of finally foiling Moose and Squirrel.

Full Review Source: Indie Movies Online | Original Score: 4/10

February 12, 2010
Charles Gant
Heat Magazine

Helen Mirren has earned nominations galore for her OTT performance as Mrs Tolstoy, but she doesn't get heat's vote.

| Original Score: 3/5

February 19, 2010
Nick Schager
Time Out New York
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Michael Hoffman's biopic of Leo Tolstoy's final year filters its historical drama through a turgid coming-of-age experience.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

December 2, 2009
Sarah Boslaugh

...a big budget production with excellent actors and technical elements that can't decide on its tone and so ends up with a lot of elbows sticking out.

Full Review Source: Playback:stl | Original Score: 5/10

February 19, 2010
Peter Galvin

The Last Station has got its charms, but it's hard to take its big ideas too seriously, mostly because Hoffman's pitch is a little too cute.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 1, 2010
Victoria Alexander

If you never read Tolstoy, this film guarantees you will not be tempted.

Full Review Source: FilmsInReview.com

December 13, 2009
Brian Orndorf

There's a thematic purpose to the despair that eventually swallows the film, but Hoffman mismanages the pure energy, removing any desire to learn what happens to these characters by dragging events out to a point of collapse.

Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com | Original Score: C

January 21, 2010
Prairie Miller

Plummer as the alleged Tolstoy in question, is a grumpy elder aristocrat presiding over a kinky retro-hippie spiritual commune, where worshipful 19th century Russian groupies of the carnal variety frolic free love style in the Eastern European wilderness.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

June 11, 2010
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

What should bubble is flat; what should flash is dim; what should be powerfully moving is sleepy.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 5/10

March 2, 2010
Cole Smithey

"The Last Station" is the kind of dramatically bound historic material that could soar on Broadway with the cast, but not the script, of its film version.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C+

January 16, 2010
Geoff Berkshire

Struggles to make these remote characters truly come alive and never quite locates an interesting window into the personal life of an artist

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 3/5

December 3, 2009
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Mirren brings a kind of feisty annoyance that transcends the rest of the material, which alternates between bland comedy and bland drama.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2/4

January 21, 2010
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 1.5/5

July 29, 2010
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever

The lack of focus ultimately leaves too much of it as surface level when we really needed to get under the skin of Leo and Sofya Tolstoy in the way these great performers deserved.

Full Review Source: Movie Retriever

February 5, 2010
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