The Last King of Scotland
The Last King of Scotland (2006)

In an incredible twist of fate, a Scottish doctor on a Ugandan medical mission becomes irreversibly entangled with one of the world's most barbaric figures: Idi Amin. Impressed by Dr. Garrigan's brazen attitude in a moment of… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 27, 2006
DVD Release Date: April 17, 2007
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Forest Whitaker's performance as real-life megalomaniac dictator Idi Amin powers this fictionalized political thriller, a blunt and brutal tale about power and corruption.

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Having cut his teeth on documentaries, Kevin Macdonald acts as if a shaky-cam aesthetic alone is enough to fuel dramatic tension.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Whitaker's dedicated, nuanced performance is excellent and lifts the film from some unsteady early moments.

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

Captivating hyper-realism, a taut political thriller, and the performance of the year.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Mr. Whitaker and Mr. McAvoy head a first-rate cast that helps The Last King of Scotland to illuminate one of the many dark chapters in recent African history.

Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

See the movie for Whitaker alone: He's possessed by evil and possesses it wholly, rendering the film (and everyone in it) his plaything.

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Ali Gray

The Last King Of Scotland will no doubt be picking up an armful of gongs come award season, and rightly so; it's not only lovingly shot and acted, but it evolves into one of the best thrillers of recent memory too.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

If this genius turn by Whitaker (he starred in Bird and The Crying Game) doesn't earn an Oscar nomination, then those little statues will lose what little meaning they have.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

A good movie elevated by Whitaker's pitch-perfect performance.

Fernando F. Croce

Pit stop for white liberal guilt and neocolonial pillaging

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
James McAvoy does well as a young doctor overseas in Africa, performing good deeds while simultaneously dodging the strict hand of his father and tasting some… More
Daniel Perry
Forest Whitaker's performance here is truly all it's cracked up to me, and he masters the bipolar switches from terrifying to charming that dictators… More
Alex roy
Brilliant drama with a stunning cast, and engaging story, The Last King of Scotland tells the story of the life of the personal physician of Ugandan dictator… More
Raymond Wieser
Ugandan dictator Idi Amin was portrayed as a funny, charismatic and tender guy, but he never let us forget that he was a maniacal monster. This is a brutal… More
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Based on the experiences of a young Scottish doctor who becomes the unlikely confidante of brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, this film is quite even-handed in… More