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The Last Station

Biography . Romance . Drama

A historical drama that illustrates Russian author Leo Tolstoy's struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things. The Countess Sofya, wife and muse to Leo Tolstoy, uses every trick of seduction on her husband's loyal disciple, whom she believes was the person responsible for Tolstoy signing a new will that leaves his work and property to the Russian people.

Actors: Helen Mirren , Christopher Plummer , James McAvoy , John Sessions , Tomas Spencer , David Masterson , Patrick Kennedy , Kerry Condon , Anne-Marie Duff , Paul Giamatti
Directors: Michael Hoffman
Release: 2010-02-26
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  • David Denby

    This production, directed by Michael Hoffman, is like a great night at the theatre--the two performing demons go at each other full tilt and produce scenes of Shakespearean affection, chagrin, and rage.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    The Last Station isn’t all that it should be, but whenever these two actors are onscreen, it’s like a great night at the theater.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Stephen Farber

    Three superb performances by Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer and James McAvoy should have Oscar handicappers drooling.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    For those who enjoy actors who can play it up without ever overplaying their hands, The Last Station is the destination of choice.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    If you come to this expecting the philosophical depth and psychological detail of Tolstoy’s work you’re sure to be disappointed, but as an actors’ romp it’s delectable.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    The Last Station would have satisfied alone as a witty, manic lark, but as it moves toward the titular railway station, the film unfurls into so much more – a work of compassion, modulated mournfulness, and unchecked joy.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Helen Mirren outdoes even her Oscar-winning performance in "The Queen" with her tour de force as Countess Sofya Tolstoy in Michael Hoffman's delightful The Last Station.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    Set exactly a century ago, The Last Station is a droll tragicomedy starring those battling Tolstoys, whose family is unhappy in its own way.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Every second Helen Mirren is on-screen in The Last Station is a study in peerless talent.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    The movie’s a chocolate box of nougaty performances, from Christopher Plummer’s delightful depiction of Tolstoy as a ribald old naïf to Paul Giamatti twirling his waxed mustache and playing to the gallery as Vladimir Chertkov.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    A stop any literary-minded movie-goer will want to make.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    It is edifying, it is emotionally engaging, it is embraceable.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    As they build up steam, two powerful actors keep us wondering whether this train is bound for war or peace.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    A grandly entertaining historical drama.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Staff (Not credited)

    Handsome, engrossing, frequently very funny for a literary bio drama, and ultimately deeply moving, with pitch-perfect performances from one and all.

    Empire Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Never miss a chance to see Helen Mirren. You certainly could do worse as far as movie advice goes. Mirren may not be the only reason to see The Last Station, about the final year of Leo Tolstoy's long, eventful life, but she's the best reason.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Solid middlebrow biographical fare in which meaty roles are acted to the hilt by a cast more than ready for the feast.

    Variety Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The entire film is a seduction, one that draws us into a vanished world where Count Leo Tolstoy and his wife of 48 years, Countess Sofya, come to joyous, tempestuous life in a matched pair of magnificent performances by Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    The film itself, energetically directed and written by Michael Hoffman, can't always rise to the level of its two dynamo stars.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Some women are simply sexy forever. Helen Mirren is a woman like that. She's 64. As she enters her 70s, we'll begin to develop a fondness for sexy septuagenarians.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    Literature lasts, but sometimes, The Last Station suggests, the ties that bind last, too.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Tells the story of Leo Tolstoy's last year from a refreshing new perspective.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    It's fascinating to see how life imitates art; the closing months of Tolstoy's life read like something he might have penned. One need not be familiar with "War and Peace," "Anna Karenina," or anything else written by the Russian great to appreciate the movie, however.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    The movie seemed a disappointment at first, until I decided I was missing the point: It’s actually a drama about the way people treat a celebrity – with fear or reverence, as a source of income or reflected glory– and the way their own personalities change around him, while his stays the same. In that way, the film’s a small triumph.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Giamatti, in fact, makes off with a few scenes as the literally mustache-twirling antagonist, providing some welcome moments of over-the-top levity.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The tony cast emotes like mad, but polished Brits are so temperamentally unlike Russians that every four-syllable patronymic sounds like iambic pentameter.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    Tolstoy fought a love-hate war with his bipolar wife, Sonya, and thank God for that, since it allows Helen Mirren, basically playing a cross between Ibsen drama queen Hedda Gabler and the little squirrel from "A Doll's House," to waltz away with the movie.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • David Ansen

    Slides gracefully between comedy and pathos (it aims for tragedy, but doesn't quite get there).

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Sam Adams

    Little more than a gilded trifle, though it offers its share of light enjoyments.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    At its best, The Last Station vividly illustrates the enduring Russian gift for iconography, whether spiritual, secular or something in between.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Though it feels at first like a musty edition of "Masterpiece Theatre," Michael Hoffman's adaptation of a novel by Jay Parini holds enough surprises to make a memorable impact.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Fitfully interesting, occasionally cringe-worthy, this is the sort of stagy production that mixes ribaldry and campy overacting that evokes summer theatre productions.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    Working with uneven material, the illustrious cast is too often stranded in a realm of tony, high-art camp.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    The kind of movie that gives literature a bad name. Not because it undermines the dignity of a great writer and his work, but because it is so self-consciously eager to flaunt its own gravity and good taste.

    The New York Times Full Review
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