The Last Samurai Reviews

August 2, 2018
The breathtaking showpiece skirmishes might well suggest a Braveheart set in Japan, but there is something more going on here than merely rolling out the battles.
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
December 28, 2010
Outstanding action and performance; lots of blood.
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.
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.
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.
August 8, 2006
Cruise is wasted on this American samurai tale. The movie is pretty to look at but lacks substance or intrigue.
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.
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.
December 6, 2005
It's Zwick who fails to take care of business here.
December 6, 2005
A harrowing tale of honor, simple beauty, self-discovery, and ferocious conviction.
July 5, 2005
April 2, 2005
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.
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.
October 23, 2004
The standout performance is Ken Watanabe as the charismatic Samurai leader, reminiscent of Yul Brynner in looks and demeanor.