80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
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.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Even if you think Cruise has never had a moment of doubt in his life, he makes Nathan's self-loathing palpable, and the character's regeneration has a hoarse, cautious purposefulness that's striking.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A handsome epic, a brave-hearted 19th-century man-saga from the director who made the period piece man-sagas ''Glory'' and ''Legends of the Fall.''
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
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.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
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.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Too many mind and the story grows tedious or absurd. No mind and the spectacle suffices.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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.
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Never recovers from its failure to grip or engage in the early going.
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50

USA Today

By Staff [Not Credited]
Never recovers from its failure to grip or engage in the early going.
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55 out of 100
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