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The Last Station Reviews

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Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
April 10, 2010
Despite its strong performances The Last Station is a bland and middle-of-the-road period film with faint literary pretensions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andrea Hubert
Little White Lies
February 19, 2010
Hoffman injects as much wit, humour and pace into an essentially dry sequence of events as possible... yet even the film's ironclad performances can't save The Last Station from a distinct lack of action.
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Michael Phillips
At the Movies
December 14, 2009
It just feel like a lifeless costume drama.
Grant Rollings
The Sun (UK)
February 19, 2010
If it wasn't for their excellent acting, I don't think I would have reached the end of The Last Station either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Pendreigh
Radio Times
February 19, 2010
While Michael Hoffman's direction is acceptable, it ultimately fails to pull the package together and lacks the inspiration his stars and his subject clearly have in spades.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
November 30, 2009
Drawing on Jay Parini's novel of the same name, Hoffman's film is potentially rich in dramatic situation, but it squanders these possibilities by making them dependant on the director's underimagined central quartet.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
February 12, 2010
The troika of tones is an unrepentant muddle, akin to Uncle Vanya chatting it up with King Lear while Boris Badenov hunkers nearby, rubbing his hands in glee at the thought of finally foiling Moose and Squirrel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Charles Gant
Heat Magazine
February 19, 2010
Helen Mirren has earned nominations galore for her OTT performance as Mrs Tolstoy, but she doesn't get heat's vote.
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Nick Schager
Time Out
December 2, 2009
Michael Hoffman's biopic of Leo Tolstoy's final year filters its historical drama through a turgid coming-of-age experience.
| Original Score: 2/5
Sarah Boslaugh
February 19, 2010
...a big budget production with excellent actors and technical elements that can't decide on its tone and so ends up with a lot of elbows sticking out.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Peter Galvin
April 1, 2010
The Last Station has got its charms, but it's hard to take its big ideas too seriously, mostly because Hoffman's pitch is a little too cute.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Victoria Alexander
December 13, 2009
If you never read Tolstoy, this film guarantees you will not be tempted.
Brian Orndorf
January 21, 2010
There's a thematic purpose to the despair that eventually swallows the film, but Hoffman mismanages the pure energy, removing any desire to learn what happens to these characters by dragging events out to a point of collapse.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Prairie Miller
June 11, 2010
Plummer as the alleged Tolstoy in question, is a grumpy elder aristocrat presiding over a kinky retro-hippie spiritual commune, where worshipful 19th century Russian groupies of the carnal variety frolic free love style in the Eastern European wilderness.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 2, 2010
What should bubble is flat; what should flash is dim; what should be powerfully moving is sleepy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Cole Smithey
January 16, 2010
"The Last Station" is the kind of dramatically bound historic material that could soar on Broadway with the cast, but not the script, of its film version.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Geoff Berkshire
December 3, 2009
Struggles to make these remote characters truly come alive and never quite locates an interesting window into the personal life of an artist
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 21, 2010
Mirren brings a kind of feisty annoyance that transcends the rest of the material, which alternates between bland comedy and bland drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
July 29, 2010
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
February 5, 2010
The lack of focus ultimately leaves too much of it as surface level when we really needed to get under the skin of Leo and Sofya Tolstoy in the way these great performers deserved.
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