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Set in the last tumultuous years of famed Russian author Leo Tolstoy's life, centers on the battle for his soul waged by his wife Sofya Andreyevna and his leading disciple Vladimir Cherkov. Torn between his professed doctrine of poverty and chastity and the reality of his enormous wealth, his thirteen children and a life of hedonism, Tolstoy makes a dramatic flight from his home. Too ill to continue beyond the tiny rail station at Astapovo, he believes that he is dying alone, while over one hundred newspapermen camp outside awaiting hourly reports on his condition.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Literature lasts, but sometimes, The Last Station suggests, the ties that bind last, too."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Engaging performers all, but the movie's superficial flummery is slightly exasperating when the true-life events would have provided an even richer palette of ideas."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Mature Tolstoy biopic recounts his conflicted last days."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"Feels akin to using Tolstoy's life to write a greeting card."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"Plummer as the alleged Tolstoy in question, is a grumpy elder aristocrat presiding over a kinky retro-hippie spiritual commune, where worshipful 19th century Russian groupies of the carnal variety frolic free love style in the Eastern European wilderness."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Some critics have derided the central performances as scenery-chewing excess, but these Tolstoys are characters who demand histrionics, and Mirren and Plummer are magnificent in delivering on those demands."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"It's rewarding for a film to render rarefied ideas so concretely, but The Last Station works best as a battle of wills between husband and wife."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The Last Station is the kind of adult drama that I'm just thankful is still being made. Therefore, I was ecstatic to also find it to be rather good."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"La película es un placer de principio a fin, no sólo por su valor testimonial y su estupenda reconstrucción de época, sino sobre todo por un notable elenco donde se lucen particularmente Helen Mirren y Christopher Plummer."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"A charming and compelling account of Tolstoy's last year."
‑ James Croot,
"The Last Station is a moving, fictionalized account of a piece of real Russian history, a tour de force for an actor who's in his prime in his 70s and 80s, and a real return to form for a director most at home in period pieces."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Director and writer Michael Hoffman, adapting Jay Parini's novel, lets the history play out, and this little-known chapter plays out nicely indeed."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"full review at Movies for the Masses"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"All of the performances are universally stellar, making this not unlike last year's Doubt %u2014 a solid, if otherwise unremarkable film that provides a playground for performers of prodigious talents."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"Despite its strong performances The Last Station is a bland and middle-of-the-road period film with faint literary pretensions."
‑ Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
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