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The Last Sentence Reviews

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Louis Proyect
October 17, 2014
A decidedly noncommercial film about the courage of a newspaperman who was a real contrast to the inside-the-beltway hacks of today, anxious to justify every war that comes along.
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
July 17, 2014
Troell invokes '50's and '60's Swedish cinema: masterly black-and-white cinematography, philosophical angst, a lifeless marriage and loved ones visiting from the afterlife.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Mohan
July 11, 2014
With "The Last Sentence," veteran Swedish director Jan Troell serves up a well-mannered biography of a man known for anything but his restraint.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 10, 2014
It's a thoughtful and workmanlike portrait, but a less than profoundly moving one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
July 9, 2014
Amazingly, Troell still operates his own camera. "The Last Sentence" was made digitally, and his attention to detail is remarkable.
Nora Lee Mandel
June 23, 2014
Exposes iconic anti-Nazi Swede's feet of clay-- a tangled personal life. Nuanced character study is a challenge to conventional portraits of heroism and challenging to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Witney Seibold
June 21, 2014
Ultimately, The Last Sentence, despite the great performances and awesome visuals, gets too preoccupied with its own interpersonal drama and soap opera dynamics, eventually forgetting to address some of the bigger moral implications it hints at.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 20, 2014
The great 83-year-old Swedish director Jan Troell specializes in movies about men of great stature in furious conflict with both their countries and themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
June 20, 2014
An unusually balanced, seemingly unbiased biopic. The cast can't be faulted in any way.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 20, 2014
A more sophisticated work than it appears about a man whose life was more complicated than the world knew.
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Glenn Kenny
June 20, 2014
A remarkably full-bodied and frank character study that illuminates the old saw about the political being personal in a genuinely unusual way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
June 19, 2014
A master psychological filmmaker, Jan Troell, puts a towering anti-Nazi crusader under his microscope in the urgently compelling biopic The Last Sentence.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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June 19, 2014
A richly detailed portrait of a great man riddled with flaws and undone by adulation.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
June 19, 2014
The struggle of a Swedish theology student turned crusading journalist to speak truth to Hitler's power while dealing with his own shadow side.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 19, 2014
It's a must-see for those who have followed Mr. Troell's career, and a should-see for those who can look past its oddities to its cumulative power.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
June 19, 2014
Intimate and handsomely designed portrait of a real-life crusading anti-Hitler journalist in Sweden during the war years engages on several levels even as it sacrifices a better defined political and historic backdrop.
Sam Fragoso
The Dissolve
June 19, 2014
Like the man himself, the film, with its immaculate black-and-white compositions and cluttered plotting, is riddled with virtues and vices, high and lows
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
June 19, 2014
This is a handsome movie, rich in period detail, but the stately pace slows to a crawl in the second half.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 18, 2014
[Troell] is a great and restrained director, seldom extravagant or showy, but trusting of actors, décor, and a relentless attention to mixed motives.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
June 18, 2014
I was riveted, thanks to Christensen's fearlessly etched performance and Troell's spare story-telling style.
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