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The Last Samurai

action & adventure, drama


Set in Japan during the 1870s, THE LAST SAMURAI tells the story of Capt. Nathan Algren (TOM CRUISE), a respected American military officer hired by the Emperor of Japan to train the country's first army in the art of modern warfare.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    65%
  • Audience Score
    83%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

Outstanding action and performance; lots of blood.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has extreme and graphic violence with many grisy wounds and a lot of blood. Many characters are killed, including some we have come to care about. Parents should especially be aware of the way that this movie portrays the traditional samurai notion of suicide as an honorable choice in the event of a defeat. The movie also includes some strong language, alcohol abuse, smoking, and sexual references. One of the movie's strengths is its respect for the Japanese culture and its portrayal of strong and respectful relationships between people of different races and cultures.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what it means to say that "A man does what he can until his destiny is revealed."

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    65%
    reviews counted: 21
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  • Audience

    83%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Too much surface and not enough depth.

- Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, Friday, December 5, 2003

Rotten: There are pleasures to be had in the handsome, heroic The Last Samurai. But they're all on the surface.

- David Ansen, Newsweek, Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Rotten: Despite its intelligent agenda, swollen heart and fabulously epic surface, amounts to a didactic banality: a white guy's politically correct lesson abroad.

- Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Friday, December 5, 2003

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Review coming.

- ironclad1609, Monday, October 15, 2012

3 stars

Review coming.

- ironclad1609, Monday, October 15, 2012

3 stars

Review coming.

- ironclad1609, Monday, October 15, 2012