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Based on 36 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Whitaker is on fire, and as long as he's onscreen, King keeps you riveted. show more

  • 100
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Unlike Sean Penn's demagogue in "All the King's Men," you're able to forget that Whitaker is acting. He embodies the role. When clips of the real Amin are shown at the end, it's almost shocking to realize the extent to which Whitaker has become him. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Forest Whitaker is astoundingly multifaceted and convincing as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. In the performance of his career, he fully inhabits the part of the barbaric and charismatic ruler. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The film as a whole measures up to Forest Whitaker's of the great performances of modern movie history. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Great as Whitaker is in this juicy slab of Oscar bait, Macdonald's movie doesn't have much to offer beyond a pair of stunning performances, propulsive editing, fantastic scenery and the heartbeat rhythms of African music. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    The story is fanciful, with grotesquely improbable twists involving the fictional Garrigan (James McAvoy) and one of the dictator's three wives (Kerry Washington). But as Amin, Forest Whitaker's command of the screen is so thorough, so frightening, so ripe with malice that you won't move in your seat for fear of catching his eye. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    An imaginative and original picture turns conventional as it ends. show more

  • 88
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    The Last King of Scotland is a parable shocking in its truth, jolting in its lack of sentimentality, Shakespearean in its vision of the doctor's catastrophic flaw. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The director is Kevin Macdonald, a documentary filmmaker making his fiction film feature debut. (He won an Oscar for his Munich Olympics hostage chronicle, "One Day in September.") show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Director Kevin Macdonald, an accomplished maker of documentaries making his feature-film debut, gives The Last King of Scotland the pace and crackle of a thriller, albeit a thriller with substance. show more

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