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The Last King of Scotland Reviews

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
October 28, 2006
I would never sit through it again, but for those of you who want to see every movie nominated for an Academy Award, you'd might as well go ahead and see this one now.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
January 19, 2007
The film itself is not as impressive as Whitaker's performance.
Read More | Original Score: B-
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 28, 2009
Pit stop for white liberal guilt and neocolonial pillaging
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
October 5, 2006
The movie uses a fictional device to get up close and personal, but I'm not sure the fictional device works.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 23, 2006
Starts well, but trips over preposterous plot developments as it pushes toward its climax.
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
April 21, 2007
Historical fantasy rules in Hollywood's Africa.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 5, 2006
It's a curious piece of work, part biopic, part history lesson and part Hitchcockian thriller. Unfortunately, Macdonald is not skilled enough to meld the three.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
April 5, 2008
Its ultimate effect is that of shallow self-congratulation.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 31, 2007
Whitaker's riveting performance as the unraveling Amin is where this film wants to be; instead we're stuck with Garrigan's Jesus Christ pose, and the expected out that amounts to little more than, "Forget it, Nick. It's Africa."
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
September 27, 2006
The compression of time is a stiff reminder that we are watching, after all, a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
September 28, 2006
This isn't a history lesson, it's Playing God co-starring Idi Amin with Scully instead of Mulder.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org
December 18, 2006
[T]he movie's emphasis on Nicholas's misadventures, as if the audience couldn't get into the story of Uganda without an educated, white, middle-class European as a protagonist, is a huge let-down in its own terms.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
September 28, 2006
The colonialist spirit is alive and well in The Last King of Scotland, a return to the pandering celluloid depictions of African turmoil that insist on putting a white face on black suffering.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Keith Uhlich
Slant Magazine
September 25, 2006
Idi's got da bling!
John Thomason
Orlando Weekly
November 2, 2006
In The Last King of Scotland and through director Kevin MacDonald's contrived broad strokes, Amin is at first a sitcom character on the receiving end of sophomoric fart jokes, then a despicable villain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
October 13, 2006
Graham Greene it's not....Whitaker's striking work aside, The Last King of Scotland is insipid, obvious movieland history.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
October 13, 2006
A dominant Whitaker lords over this flawed mixture of history and intrigue.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Dragan Antulov
Index.hr
June 22, 2007
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Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Dana Stevens
Slate
September 28, 2006
The Last King of Scotland is wrenching to sit through, but in the end, it doesn't leave you with quite enough to think about.
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