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The Last Samurai Reviews

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Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 23, 2004
Think of it as Cruise's Dances With Swords.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
June 15, 2004
Passionately directed, cinematically splendid, with a sweetly sympathetic score, all is good save for the roundup.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Vince Koehler
Entertainment Spectrum
May 26, 2004
Tom Cruise scores a hit in a great film with action and good story with characters you care about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
May 19, 2004
Less an exercise in Zen montage à la Kagemusha than a slightly more exotic Gone with the Wind, Zwick's epic waits more than an hour to deliver a compelling shot.
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
May 14, 2004
[Director Edward] Zwick has created is a samurai picture for the masses.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Joel Siegel
Good Morning America
May 9, 2004
The Last Samurai is another Tom Cruise triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 20, 2004
The Last Samurai has the look and feel of a thoughtful, epic fable, even if Hollywood tends to put its own stamp on history as it goes along.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Lance Goldenberg
Weekly Planet (Tampa, FL)
April 7, 2004
...doesn't seem particularly interested in the nuances and points of frisson that are bound to occur when East meets West.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
March 16, 2004
One long, faintly uninspiring experience.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Austin O'Connor
Lowell Sun
February 28, 2004
[B]ig and beautiful, even if it's hard to shake the feeling that we've seen this dance before.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 27, 2004
The only 'samurai' that counts is the Hollywood top blade named Cruise.
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
February 21, 2004
(Cruise) rose to the occasion and eventually won me over -- or maybe the rest of the movie was good enough that I didn't mind he was in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)
February 13, 2004
Some will say this blockbuster's title should be Dances With Samurai, but the performances of the Japanese cast pull more at the emotions than most.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
January 25, 2004
Quien quiera ver una verdadera película de samuráis deberá ver la obra del maestro Akira Kurosawa, particularmente la maravillosa Los siete samurais (1954).
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 17, 2004
É como se, envergonhado pela falta de integridade artística de John Logan, o próprio filme houvesse decidido praticar o haraquiri a 50 minutos do final da projeção.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Guardian
January 15, 2004
Zwick is attracted to the notions of victory in defeat and the romantic purity of self-sacrifice. His film is, however, a trifle earnest and overlong.
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
January 15, 2004
An often thrilling piece of oriental- meets- occidental hokum.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
January 12, 2004
The Last Samurai delivers in ways that would have made even Akira Kurosawa himself proud.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
January 10, 2004
An intelligent, well-written, impressively acted and directed epic adventure movie that even manages to take some sly swipes at American Imperialism along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
January 9, 2004
Cruise isn't a strong enough actor to vanish into the role -- his contemporary appeal burns through the historical veneer like a laser.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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