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The Last Samurai Reviews

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Stuart Klawans
The Nation
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.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
May 14, 2012
does honor traditional Japanese culture and ideals and make them accessible to a wider audience
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Outstanding action and performance; lots of blood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
One of the best films of 2003.
Cole Smithey
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-
Top Critic
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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.
Will Lawrence
Empire Magazine
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
Chris Barsanti
Film Threat
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Mark Sells
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
A harrowing tale of honor, simple beauty, self-discovery, and ferocious conviction.
| Original Score: 4/5
July 5, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
April 2, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 27, 2005 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.
| Original Score: B+
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 23, 2004
The standout performance is Ken Watanabe as the charismatic Samurai leader, reminiscent of Yul Brynner in looks and demeanor.
| Original Score: B+
Tony Medley
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
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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.
Joe Utichi
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
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
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-
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