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Based on 44 Reviews
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  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    When the script, by Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz and John Logan, doesn't sabotage the images, and the great cinematographer John Toll turns action into poetry, The Last Samurai emerges as a haunting silent movie. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Cruise's undeniable star voltage makes it all palatable, and the film is gorgeous to behold and even to listen to, from the rolling green hills to the galloping horses to the "Lohengrin"-like theme music on the sound track. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Never recovers from its failure to grip or engage in the early going. show more

  • 50
    Staff [Not Credited] USA Today

    Never recovers from its failure to grip or engage in the early going. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Too many mind and the story grows tedious or absurd. No mind and the spectacle suffices. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    It's not just Hollywood convention that gets in the way of the story, it's the lack of depth, heft and heart at its core. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Cruise isn't horribly miscast, a la Tony Curtis in "The Son of Ali Baba" or John Wayne as Genghis Khan in "The Conqueror," but he doesn't miss by far. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Hugely satisfying entertainment that will attract a broad spectrum of audiences around the world. Zwick fully exploits the star power at his disposal, pairing off Cruise and Japanese star Ken Watanabe as two larger-than-life warriors. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Beautifully designed, intelligently written, acted with conviction, it's an uncommonly thoughtful epic. Its power is compromised only by an ending that sheepishly backs away from what the film is really about. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    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. show more

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