The Last King of Scotland Reviews

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November 24, 2011
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.
February 2, 2007
The horror, when it finally moves to the centre of the screen, gives us Amin's barbarity in close-up -- and he's still smiling.
January 12, 2007
Hard to believe that an actor previously renowned for his gentleness could play such a monster, but the transformation is seamless.
January 12, 2007
Whitaker commands his scenes as effectively as he did in Clint Eastwood's film about Charlie Parker.
January 12, 2007
This is a thoroughly enjoyable, confident, dramatically satisfying movie from Macdonald, and incidentally another triumph for Peter Morgan, for whom the period now seems to offer any amount of rich material.
Top Critic
January 12, 2007
There's a nihilistic and unmistakeable whiff of Apocalypse Now about the last wild reel, and the carnage left over by the Israeli raid on Entebbe airport.
November 29, 2006
Mr. Whitaker and Mr. McAvoy head a first-rate cast that helps The Last King of Scotland to illuminate one of the many dark chapters in recent African history.
November 3, 2006
If this genius turn by Whitaker (he starred in Bird and The Crying Game) doesn't earn an Oscar nomination, then those little statues will lose what little meaning they have.
October 19, 2006
Whitaker's dedicated, nuanced performance is excellent and lifts the film from some unsteady early moments.
October 13, 2006
See the movie for Whitaker alone: He's possessed by evil and possesses it wholly, rendering the film (and everyone in it) his plaything.
October 13, 2006
A good movie elevated by Whitaker's pitch-perfect performance.
October 12, 2006
Through its very specific story, the movie illustrates how absolute power can corrupt those who wield it, resulting in a man who, once ensconced as a nation's leader, uses all his available resources to ensure his own survival.
October 12, 2006
Rare is the actor who can accomplish an instant transformation from beast to buddy, but Whitaker makes it look easy.
October 12, 2006
This is the sort of movie worth seeing for the performances alone.
October 6, 2006
As Amin, the actor holds every scene he's in with a kind of explosive gravity.
October 6, 2006
Macdonald has delivered a masterful tragedy, told in his characters' wary eyes.
October 6, 2006
At its heart of darkness, the film is about the lure of power. It's a condemnation of all the dictators' men over all time.
October 6, 2006
A compelling, though somewhat problematic, story set deep inside Idi Amin's brutal dictatorship in Uganda.
October 6, 2006
Macdonald knows how to hold our interest, and he gives his movie a dizzying sense of momentum, not unlike the mad whirl that surrounds Amin.
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