The Last Sentence

Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jun 19, 2014
    60
    I can't recommend it without reservation, but it's a must-see for those who have followed Mr. Troell's career, and a should-see for those who can look past its oddities to its cumulative power.
  2. Reviewed by: Sam Fragoso
    Jun 19, 2014
    60
    Troell’s portrait, driven by a desire to excavate the truth, is a refreshing respite from artificial biopics.
  3. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jul 10, 2014
    50
    Segerstedt's anti-Nazi stand is the only reason to be interested in him, and yet half the movie is about his domestic life.
  4. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Jun 23, 2014
    50
    The continual wobbling of on-screen space, combined with some endearingly awkward attempts at humor (dog reaction shots abound), gives this tony biopic a smidgen of charm, though it doesn’t make it any less tedious.
  5. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Jun 19, 2014
    50
    This biographical drama, shot in crisp black-and-white, offers a potentially intriguing study in high-minded political/moral obstinacy, but feels too claustrophobic — and, finally, tediously like a one-man window on great events — to fully come to dramatic life.
  6. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Jun 19, 2014
    50
    Although its black-and-white visuals catch the eye, The Last Sentence soon loosens its hold on your attention by flooding the story with mind-numbing, uninteresting details while real history slips through the cracks.
  7. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Jun 17, 2014
    50
    This attention to the personal crises of Segerstedt comes at the expense of a broader and more elusive subject, namely, the war. We know what Segerstedt did, and Troell tries to ask why. What he ignores are the implications.

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