The Last Castle Reviews

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December 30, 2006
December 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.
October 23, 2001
Bizarre, confused, sanctimonious manure.
October 21, 2001
Some films just leave you puzzled, and The Last Castle is one of them.
October 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.
October 19, 2001
Devolves into a mundane warden-versus-inmate conclusion.
October 19, 2001
A heavy-handed military prison melodrama.
October 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.
October 19, 2001
The Last Castle is not as simple as it looks, though its appeal is simple.
October 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.
October 19, 2001
An intermittently witty script and Rod Lurie's assured direction triumph over the cornball factor.
October 19, 2001
The story is a stirring vehicle for serious themes embodied by sharply drawn characters.
October 19, 2001
It's not objectionable (which is saying something these days) but neither does it have any compelling reason to be seen.
October 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.
October 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.
October 19, 2001
If Castle isn't offensive, it is deeply stupid.
October 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.
October 19, 2001
The immediate experience of watching The Last Castle is strongly involving, and the action at the end, exciting.
October 19, 2001
It seems a lot longer than that before this movie finally gets moving, but the character development is worth the wait.
October 19, 2001
[Lurie] acquits himself well in his first large-scale action movie.
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