The Last King of Scotland Reviews

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November 24, 2011
August 28, 2009
Pit stop for white liberal guilt and neocolonial pillaging
April 5, 2008
Its ultimate effect is that of shallow self-congratulation.
June 22, 2007
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April 21, 2007
Historical fantasy rules in Hollywood's Africa.
March 15, 2007
It's a deconstruction of Idi Amin's persona, played with such dedication by Whitaker the surrounding narrative feels without purpose.
February 3, 2007
Having cut his teeth on documentaries, Kevin Macdonald acts as if a shaky-cam aesthetic alone is enough to fuel dramatic tension.
January 31, 2007
Whitaker's riveting performance as the unraveling Amin is where this film wants to be; instead we're stuck with Garrigan's Jesus Christ pose, and the expected out that amounts to little more than, "Forget it, Nick. It's Africa."
January 19, 2007
The film itself is not as impressive as Whitaker's performance.
December 18, 2006
[T]he movie's emphasis on Nicholas's misadventures, as if the audience couldn't get into the story of Uganda without an educated, white, middle-class European as a protagonist, is a huge let-down in its own terms.
November 2, 2006
In The Last King of Scotland and through director Kevin MacDonald's contrived broad strokes, Amin is at first a sitcom character on the receiving end of sophomoric fart jokes, then a despicable villain.
October 31, 2006
Approximates through its fictional lead character (a white doctor who spins a globe, closes his eyes, and plops his finger on Uganda) what it might be like for, well, members of The National Board of Review to be air dropped into the middle of Africa.
October 30, 2006
With an unsympathetic Everyman as our stand-in and an evil despot at the center of the story, The Last King of Scotland struggles to win our hearts.
October 28, 2006
I would never sit through it again, but for those of you who want to see every movie nominated for an Academy Award, you'd might as well go ahead and see this one now.
October 13, 2006
Graham Greene it's not....Whitaker's striking work aside, The Last King of Scotland is insipid, obvious movieland history.
October 13, 2006
A dominant Whitaker lords over this flawed mixture of history and intrigue.
October 5, 2006
It's a curious piece of work, part biopic, part history lesson and part Hitchcockian thriller. Unfortunately, Macdonald is not skilled enough to meld the three.
October 5, 2006
The movie uses a fictional device to get up close and personal, but I'm not sure the fictional device works.
September 28, 2006
This isn't a history lesson, it's Playing God co-starring Idi Amin with Scully instead of Mulder.
September 28, 2006
The colonialist spirit is alive and well in The Last King of Scotland, a return to the pandering celluloid depictions of African turmoil that insist on putting a white face on black suffering.
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