The Last Sentence Reviews

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David Lee Dallas
Slant Magazine
June 16, 2014
Though ambitiously busy, the film is also self-sabotaging and stagnant, showcasing its main character's struggles without interpreting them into a cohesive thesis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Calum Marsh
Village Voice
June 17, 2014
We know what Segerstedt did, and Troell tries to ask why. What he ignores are the implications.
Dann Gire
Chicago Daily Herald
July 17, 2014
This well-intentioned tale never breaks free from a dry and visually anemic history lesson that could easily be adapted into a monotonous stage play.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 19, 2014
It's too bad that the movie can't find his pulse and instead delivers a tastefully bland, inert portrait of a man whose personal ugliness it acknowledges without excavating.
Jeremy Mathews
Paste Magazine
June 19, 2014
The screenplay's exposition clunks along quite awkwardly, as characters find convenient reasons to spout out background information.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.7/10
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 24, 2014
Unfortunately, Troell chose to shoot the movie in digital black-and-white; the imagery seems anachronistic in its precision, undermining the period decor and clashing with the occasional low-grain newsreel footage of Nazis on the march.
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Dennis Harvey
June 16, 2014
[The film] offers a potentially intriguing study in high-minded political/moral obstinacy, but feels too claustrophobic -- and, finally, tediously like a one-man window on great events -- to fully come to dramatic life.
Sam Fragoso
The Dissolve
June 19, 2014
Like the man himself, the film, with its immaculate black-and-white compositions and cluttered plotting, is riddled with virtues and vices, high and lows
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Witney Seibold
June 21, 2014
Ultimately, The Last Sentence, despite the great performances and awesome visuals, gets too preoccupied with its own interpersonal drama and soap opera dynamics, eventually forgetting to address some of the bigger moral implications it hints at.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
June 19, 2014
This is a handsome movie, rich in period detail, but the stately pace slows to a crawl in the second half.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Aaron Yap
June 13, 2013
It's a testament to Christensen's excellent work as Torgny that he's able to make such a difficult, inscrutable character so watchable throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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June 19, 2014
A richly detailed portrait of a great man riddled with flaws and undone by adulation.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 19, 2014
It's a must-see for those who have followed Mr. Troell's career, and a should-see for those who can look past its oddities to its cumulative power.
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
June 20, 2014
An unusually balanced, seemingly unbiased biopic. The cast can't be faulted in any way.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nora Lee Mandel
June 23, 2014
Exposes iconic anti-Nazi Swede's feet of clay-- a tangled personal life. Nuanced character study is a challenge to conventional portraits of heroism and challenging to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
June 19, 2014
The struggle of a Swedish theology student turned crusading journalist to speak truth to Hitler's power while dealing with his own shadow side.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Harvey S. Karten
June 12, 2014
A respectful dramatization of a turning point in modern Swedish history, as a newspaper editor risks plunging his country into war over columns trashing the Nazis.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
July 17, 2014
Troell invokes '50's and '60's Swedish cinema: masterly black-and-white cinematography, philosophical angst, a lifeless marriage and loved ones visiting from the afterlife.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
June 18, 2014
I was riveted, thanks to Christensen's fearlessly etched performance and Troell's spare story-telling style.
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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 18, 2014
[Troell] is a great and restrained director, seldom extravagant or showy, but trusting of actors, décor, and a relentless attention to mixed motives.
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