The Last Samurai Synopsis
A Westerner (Tom Cruise) learns the ways of the samurai in the 1870s.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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80 out of 100 It will NOT make you fall asleep....

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Rated R | For Strong Violence and Battle Sequences
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