Reviews

Dec 30, 2006
Dec 24, 2001
Not a serious prison flick, but director Lurie finds fresh ways to frame familiar situations, and pulls it off with enough tongue-in-cheek wit.
Oct 23, 2001
Bizarre, confused, sanctimonious manure.
Oct 21, 2001
Some films just leave you puzzled, and The Last Castle is one of them.
Oct 20, 2001
The themes that ring out most loudly in the end -- some men are just born leaders; others do best if they just conform -- are numbingly retrograde.
Oct 19, 2001
Devolves into a mundane warden-versus-inmate conclusion.
Oct 19, 2001
A heavy-handed military prison melodrama.
Oct 19, 2001
The Last Castle, while engrossing in parts, might have benefited from more pre-shooting talk about what makes an intriguing character -- and what makes a star performance.
Oct 19, 2001
The Last Castle is not as simple as it looks, though its appeal is simple.
Oct 19, 2001
Once you strip away the red, white and blue bunting, the film we're left with is one swell action sequence -- a prison riot -- and every prison movie cliche in the (1940s vintage) book.
Oct 19, 2001
An intermittently witty script and Rod Lurie's assured direction triumph over the cornball factor.
Oct 19, 2001
The story is a stirring vehicle for serious themes embodied by sharply drawn characters.
Oct 19, 2001
It's not objectionable (which is saying something these days) but neither does it have any compelling reason to be seen.
Oct 19, 2001
When the screen finally darkens and the doors open for our release, we come away mildly entertained by the experience, although definitely grateful to get off with time served.
Oct 19, 2001
The Last Castle is not a movie you want to think about too hard, because if you do, you'll find yourself facing some tough questions.
Oct 19, 2001
If Castle isn't offensive, it is deeply stupid.
Oct 19, 2001
The Last Castle is the kind of movie you can enjoy easily enough, as long as you don't think about it much.
Oct 19, 2001
The immediate experience of watching The Last Castle is strongly involving, and the action at the end, exciting.
Oct 19, 2001
It seems a lot longer than that before this movie finally gets moving, but the character development is worth the wait.
Oct 19, 2001
[Lurie] acquits himself well in his first large-scale action movie.