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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: Glenn Kenny
    Jun 20, 2014
    88
    A remarkably full-bodied and frank character study that illuminates the old saw about the political being personal in a genuinely unusual way.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jun 20, 2014
    83
    It’s a big movie, but in an emotional, not a historical, sense. Oftentimes it has the hushness of a chamber drama even when the world is its stage.
  3. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Jun 19, 2014
    80
    Measured and beautifully modulated, the 82-year-old director has the kind of sureness and fluidity that is easy to underestimate. But it's difficult not to be impressed by the results.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    Jul 17, 2014
    75
    In the introspective The Last Sentence Swedish director Jan Troell invokes ’50’s and ’60’s Swedish cinema: masterly black-and-white cinematography, philosophical angst, a lifeless marriage and loved ones visiting from the afterlife.
  5. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Jul 11, 2014
    67
    Christensen, who played the James Bond villain Mr. White in "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace," cuts a striking, white-haired figure as Segerstedt, whose principled tirades against Hitler ultimately earn him the enmity of his prime minster and even his king.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Jul 11, 2014
    63
    It’s a thoughtful and workmanlike portrait, but a less than profoundly moving one.
  7. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jun 18, 2014
    63
    This is a handsome movie, rich in period detail, but the stately pace slows to a crawl in the second half.
  8. Reviewed by: David Lee Dallas
    Jun 16, 2014
    63
    Though ambitiously busy, the film is also self-sabotaging and stagnant, showcasing its main character's struggles without interpreting them into a cohesive thesis.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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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