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88
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.
88
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.
80
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.
75
Entertainment Weekly
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.''
75
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.
63
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.
63
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.
50
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.
50
Never recovers from its failure to grip or engage in the early going.
50
Never recovers from its failure to grip or engage in the early going.
50
Wall Street Journal
Too many mind and the story grows tedious or absurd. No mind and the spectacle suffices.

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