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The Last Tycoon Reviews

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage
July 11, 2016
The Last Tycoon is an intriguing entry to the period gangster genre that depicts the weight of triad influence in 1930s Shanghai at the cusp of war with an invading Japan.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 26, 2008
Kazan's rigid directing kills the spontaneity of nearly every cast member.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 27, 2007
It's a film that takes Hollywood too seriously and seems to worship with piety at its altar, but was too awkwardly presented to mean much.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Variety
April 10, 2007
Producer Sam Spiegel's contribution is admirable, but Elia Kazan's direction of the Pinter plot seems unfocussed though craftsmanlike. Robert De Niro's performance as the inscrutable boy-wonder of films is mildly intriguing.

TV Guide
April 10, 2007
Fitzgerald's unfinished novel transfers awkwardly to the screen but is saved from oblivion by that always-fascinating actor De Niro.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
De Niro proves again how well he can carry a part, and is particularly good in scenes dealing with the day-to-day business of movie-making.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
The movie is full of echoes. We watch it as if at a far remove from what's happening, but that too is appropriate: Fitzgerald was writing history as it happened.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide
August 23, 2004
Out of place and not quite interesting enough to hold our attention, which is a disappointment, because it has many of the elements that can make for greatness.
Full Review | Original Score: 66/100
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
February 5, 2004
Interessante na maior parte do tempo, o filme acaba sendo prejudicado pela fraca subtrama romântica e pelo final medíocre (adaptar um livro inacabado pode ser má idéia).
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 18, 2004
An exquisite screen interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished novel on Hollywood during the Thirties
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
November 12, 2003
it isn't long before we stop caring
| Original Score: 3/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
De Niro is well cast and star-spotting is always fun, but Kazan's direction never truly elicits the audience's empathy and Pinter's script has too many silences.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Elia Kazan now admits that he directed this adaptation, his last Hollywood film, for the money. Unfortunately, it looks it.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 8, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
June 15, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 26, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
November 4, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
May 28, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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