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The Last Samurai Reviews

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February 24, 2016
Mostly, though, The Last Samurai aims for, and achieves, epic sweep: the glory of tradition-bound warriors hurling themselves against the modern world, the grandeur of Hollywood offering two points of view on everything.
May 14, 2012
does honor traditional Japanese culture and ideals and make them accessible to a wider audience
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 28, 2010
Outstanding action and performance; lots of blood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 29, 2009
One of the best films of 2003.
April 18, 2009
More than anything else, "The Last Samurai" is the current Tom Cruise vehicle, and the actor's capacity to wrestle the story to his own demands is an impressive testament to his multifaceted perfectionist skills.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 25, 2008
It's easy to stand back and wax ironic about The Last Samurai. But it's not all that difficult to succumb to its full-spirited romanticism either.
September 24, 2007
The real point of the film seems to be the poster image of a battle-ready Tom Cruise waving a sword and all decked out in gleaming red-and-black samurai armor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 5, 2007
It's a film at war with itself. Worse, it's a mixed bag of carefully packaged entertainment, with little room for spontaneity or surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 8, 2006
Cruise is wasted on this American samurai tale. The movie is pretty to look at but lacks substance or intrigue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 24, 2006
Competently mounted in its studiedly immersive, elongated way, Zwick's earnest costume epic dresses a knee-jerk, reactionary sensibility in exotic garb.
April 1, 2006
As brisk as it is rich, The Last Samurai is much more fun than a mere history lesson.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 6, 2005
Zwick has an ace up his sleeve, in addition to all the glorious scenery and pulse-pounding battles, and that's Ken Watanabe.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 6, 2005
It's Zwick who fails to take care of business here.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
December 6, 2005
A harrowing tale of honor, simple beauty, self-discovery, and ferocious conviction.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 5, 2005
Edward Zwick's The Last Samurai isn't an awful movie, but it is a dull and plodding epic that's rife with the usual Hollywood cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 27, 2005
...one has to take into account is the sheer power of the show, the way The Last Samurai can sweep up the susceptible and the willing.
Read More | Original Score: B+
October 23, 2004
The standout performance is Ken Watanabe as the charismatic Samurai leader, reminiscent of Yul Brynner in looks and demeanor.
Read More | Original Score: B+
October 7, 2004
The story is good, the battle scenes realistic, and this is Cruise's best performance to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
August 7, 2004
The Last Samurai is an idyll in which the savageries of existence are transcended by spiritual devotion. That's a beautiful dream, and it gives the film a deep pleasingness, but the fullness of life and its blackest ambiguities are sacrificed.
July 20, 2004
It is definitely a treat for the eyes and ears and well worth a trip to the cinema to see.
| Original Score: 81/100
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