The Last Legion
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Valerio Massimo Manfredi's best-selling book comes to life on the big screen as director Doug Lefler takes the helm for this historical epic set during the fall of the Roman Empire. The year is 470 A.D., and as rebels overtake the city of Rome, 12-year-old emperor Romulus Augustus escapes to join up with a small band of survivors who make their way to Britain in search of the diminutive ruler's ultimate legion.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 16%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There are, after all, aimed at young audiences plenty of movies more mean-spirited, indiscriminate and obnoxious than The Last Legion. But at the same time there are plenty that are, alas, less frustrating."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"I have too much respect for Kingsley and Firth to believe they did this for anything other than the money, and to their credit, they give their best efforts."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"As the Roman Empire crumbles, undemanding escapist entertainment with wonderful production design and a cast."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Colin Firth is not an actor who projects sparkling joie de vivre at the best of times, and The Last Legion, a cod-Roman reimagining of Arthurian myth, is very much not the best of times."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Silly and camp."
‑ Karl French, Financial Times
"Crudely mangling Arthurian legend into Roman history, this creaky swords 'n' sandals romper trundles forward like a hurriedly upholstered TV movie."
‑ Jonathan Crocker, Time Out
"Despite the occasional gleam of wit, very little is to be taken seriously -- not the story, not the acting and certainly not the history."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"No twist is too farfetched for this Dino De Laurentiis epic."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"Tosh, but disarmingly sincere."
‑ Robert Hanks, Independent
"A novel hybrid of swords, sandals, horned helmets and furs, this really is a load of old rubbish, but there's some fun to be had, especially for boys who like to have mock sword fights with wooden sticks."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"Every once in a while, though, Firth's eyebrow hints, Can you believe I'm wearing this dorky leather breastplate?"
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"The movie rarely feels fresh. Even an absurd cage-match like 300 cared enough to be both rousing and handsome. There's no fun to be had here."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"A good cast wallow about in a story you can't believe for a moment."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"A hunk of old Brie, left all day in the glove compartment in a car on a hot summer's day, could not smell more ripe than this absurd sword'n'sandal Roman movie."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Paper-thin characters, stilted conversations and abrupt editing mean this is hard to get involved with, and its link with Arthurian legend feels contrived and clichéd."
‑ Anna Smith,
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