The Last King of Scotland Synopsis
The personal physician (James McAvoy) of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker) witnesses his
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The film as a whole measures up to Forest Whitaker's 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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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By SaneGirl
Just finished watching this movie. McEvoy is gritty and wonderful as the rather innocent young doctor, but Whitaker is truly frightening. I found myself sinking back into my chair during his truly...


By Philtom_1987
I 100% loved his movie. "The last king of Scotland" comes complete with Fantastic acting by an Excellent cast, and an intriguing plot. It is centered around Dr. Nicholas Garrigan, a young man fresh...

Just Such A Great Movie

By WheresYourSparkNow
This movie has a great story including a non-fictional character in fictional world with other fictional characters. Forest Whitaker's performance is unique and portrays his character extremely well....

Great Acting, Disturbing Story

By cjtolmie
Every actor in this film was terrific. After hearing the story of this dictator you will need a shower, but it's worth watching! James MacAvoy (probably not how you spell his last name) was great....

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By rocketjsl357
brutal and horrific McAvoy gives a solid performance as Nicholas, but Whitaker deservedly steals the spotlight with his chilling and unforgettable performance in his role as Amin. At first you can see...

Unfortunately, history repeats itself...

By Roshin Rowjee
The “Last King of Scotland” documents the horrific account of Idi Amin’s* eight year regime. A man who initially held much promise for an African nation became the butcher of three hundred thousand...

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By jerseysuave
An excellent movie! Forest Whitaker is at the top of his game and this movie will prove it....

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By Kate of BlueSheepBeads
Excellent movie - excellent performance by an actor (Forest Whitaker)...

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By gatoreviews
Forest Whitaker channels Ugandan dictator Idi Amin to a frightening degree. The story is told through the naive eyes of young Dr. Garrigan, who is anxious to see a little adventure before settling...

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By the filmster
Forrest Whitaker was phenomenal in the role of Amin.It's a hard movie to watch,but worthwhile. It depicts a portion of history that must be remembered if we are to learn from it....

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Rated R | For some strong violence and guesome images, sexual content and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Brutal look at the consequences of absolute power. No kids.
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