San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
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.
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
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.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Drawing on a documentary visual style he deftly employed in "One Day in September" and "Touching the Void," director Kevin Macdonald uses McAvoy's boyishness to treat Garrigan's apolitical foolishness as yet another damn mess in one African country's hell.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The film as a whole measures up to Forest Whitaker's performance...one of the great performances of modern movie history.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
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.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Whitaker is on fire, and as long as he's onscreen, King keeps you riveted.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
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.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
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.
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The Hollywood Reporter

An imaginative and original picture turns conventional as it ends.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The Last King of Scotland joins the ranks of nightmarish innocents-abroad movies, from "Midnight Express" to "Hostel," where the disillusioned hero fights to return to civility.
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74 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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