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The Last Station Reviews

March 18, 2010
Literature lasts, but sometimes, The Last Station suggests, the ties that bind last, too.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 2, 2010
Some critics have derided the central performances as scenery-chewing excess, but these Tolstoys are characters who demand histrionics, and Mirren and Plummer are magnificent in delivering on those demands.
February 24, 2010
The Last Station is a moving, fictionalized account of a piece of real Russian history, a tour de force for an actor who's in his prime in his 70s and 80s, and a real return to form for a director most at home in period pieces.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 19, 2010
Engaging performers all, but the movie's superficial flummery is slightly exasperating when the true-life events would have provided an even richer palette of ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 18, 2010
It's rewarding for a film to render rarefied ideas so concretely, but The Last Station works best as a battle of wills between husband and wife.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 12, 2010
Director and writer Michael Hoffman, adapting Jay Parini's novel, lets the history play out, and this little-known chapter plays out nicely indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 11, 2010
Acted beautifully by a cast you never want to take your eyes off, so as not to miss a tiny nuance.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 8, 2010
If you come to this expecting the philosophical depth and psychological detail of Tolstoy's work you're sure to be disappointed, but as an actors' romp it's delectable.
February 5, 2010
Though the cast is fantastic, this won't be the definitive take of the Tolstoys' marriage - but whose could ever be?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 5, 2010
If the operatic emotional pitch ultimately proves unsustainable (not to mention tiresome), the film is full of captivating details.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 4, 2010
An actor can be 80 years old, but give him fake whiskers and a pair of heavy boots, and he'll stomp through a two-hour movie like a happy kid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 4, 2010
A fun, sexy romp about the last days of Leo Tolstoy? Believe it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 4, 2010
Michael Hoffman's adaptation of the Jay Parini novel is a most affecting look at the twilight of a marriage and how its parties adapt to the dawn of a new era.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 4, 2010
The movie's a chocolate box of nougaty performances, from Christopher Plummer's delightful depiction of Tolstoy as a ribald old naf to Paul Giamatti twirling his waxed mustache and playing to the gallery as Vladimir Chertkov...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 4, 2010
Tansforms Tolstoy's waning days into material worthy of one of his tragedies while simultaneously making a biting statement about how the politics of a "movement" often warp the underlying philosophy which caused it to develop.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 4, 2010
Mirren and Plummer make Leo and Sofya Tolstoy more vital than you might expect in a historical picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 22, 2010
Despite its literary pedigree, this stagy production mixes ribaldry and campy overacting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/4.0
January 22, 2010
Isn't all that it should be, but whenever these two actors are onscreen, it's like a great night at the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: a-
January 22, 2010
The story's a bit of a bore, but the cast is terrific.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 15, 2010
Helen Mirren outdoes even her Oscar-winning performance in The Queen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 14, 2010
A lovely quicksilver version of literary history, with the accent on young love that emerges unbidden, and old love that endures.
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January 14, 2010
Little more than a gilded trifle, though it offers its share of light enjoyments.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 11, 2010
The movie has its evocative moments, but it's so rigged on the side of anti-intellectualism that you'd never guess that Tolstoy's late work inspired Gandhi and Martin Luther King.
December 14, 2009
It just feel like a lifeless costume drama.
December 8, 2009
The arrival of a movie with as much intelligence and artistry as The Last Station should also be accompanied by the sound of trumpets.
December 7, 2009
It's the most emotionally naked work of Mirren's movie career; she gives poetic form to the madness and the violence of commonplace jealousy.
December 4, 2009
Though all the actors try to expand their underwritten roles, Mirren is most successful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 4, 2009
The kind of movie that gives literature a bad name. Not because it undermines the dignity of a great writer and his work, but because it is so self-consciously eager to flaunt its own gravity and good taste.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
December 4, 2009
The Last Station slides gracefully between comedy and pathos (it aims for tragedy, but doesn't quite get there).
December 3, 2009
For those who enjoy actors who can play it up without ever overplaying their hands, The Last Station is the destination of choice.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 3, 2009
Helen Mirren is a lusty, roaring wonder playing, of all things, the long-suffering wife of Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy (Christopher Plummer in peak form).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 3, 2009
Every second Helen Mirren is on-screen in The Last Station is a study in peerless talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 2, 2009
The message is clear, if you didn't get it from the rich acting: This is a film to celebrate nature and life.
December 2, 2009
Based on the equally entertaining, erudite novel by Jay Parini and adapted and directed by Michael Hoffman, the movie is at once a hot marital showdown and a cool political debate, a domestic War and Peace.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 2, 2009
This workmanlike adaptation of Jay Parini's novel about Tolstoy's last days, adapted and directed by Michael Hoffman, settles into a lushly scenic television drama, though with dialogue strangely located somewhere in the 1950s.
December 2, 2009
Michael Hoffman's biopic of Leo Tolstoy's final year filters its historical drama through a turgid coming-of-age experience.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5