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The Last Samurai: in Digital Projection


Rated R for strong violence and battle sequences.

R In Theaters 12/5/2003 , 144min.
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A.O. Scott
The New York Times
Most watchable during the majestic brutality of the battle sequences. This is not only because of the handsome staging, but also because the keywords sacrifice and honor are evoked with verve and simplicity, more so than in the "exchange of idea" chats between Algren and Katsumoto, which sound like statements being read into the Congressional Record by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Full Review
David Edelstein
All its themes are laid out like index cards on a screenwriter's bulletin board, and each plot turn seems so inevitable that you'll think you saw this movie in a previous life. (You did.) Full Review
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
Despite its intelligent agenda, swollen heart and fabulously epic surface, amounts to a didactic banality: a white guy's politically correct lesson abroad. Full Review
James Berardinelli
A rousing tale that combines high adventure with emotional effectiveness. This movie works because it never loses sight of the characters no matter how epic the scope becomes. Full Review
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Too many mind and the story grows tedious or absurd. No mind and the spectacle suffices. Full Review

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