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The Last of the Mohicans Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 100

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Bold and stirring with impeccable production values, The Last of the Mohicans is a memorable motion picture adventure, and one of the best films of the year.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Michael Mann , directs with his standard prejudice toward the sheer physical. The result, almost musical, has only a couple recent movie precedents. [25 Sep 1992, p.1D]

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The Last of the Mohicans is not as authentic and uncompromised as it claims to be -- more of a matinee fantasy than it wants to admit -- but it is probably more entertaining as a result.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The first hour of The Last of the Mohicans plays like a convoluted history lesson. I appreciate that Mann has enough respect for the audience's intelligence to sketch in this briar patch of conflicting loyalties. But he outlines the interlocking factions without really making it clear, in dramatic terms, what each one stands for.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    Never mind the gorgeous wilderness backdrop, the 18th-Century details, the carefully voiced and subtitled American Indian dialogue. From its very first frame until seconds before closing credits, "Mohicans" is an action movie. [25 Sep 1992]

  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    The story, the acting, the cinematography are all so potent that they overwhelm us in the best way possible. The violence is brutal and graphic, yet compelling. [23 Sep 1992]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Violent historical drama. Not for young kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is extremely violent. Battle scenes and ambushes comprise a large portion of the film. There are numerous scenes of gun fights, as well as stabbings and bludgeonings. One man is burned alive. Another is scalped. A woman commits suicide. The film also features a romantic theme, and while sexual content is extremely mild and there is no nudity, there is some heated kissing.

  • Families can talk about the United States' colonial history and the French and Indian War. Issues of class are also ripe for discussion. The film seems to imply that the British are destined for failure because they refuse to protect the people living at the frontier. Hawkeye says that the reason people live in unprotected frontier lands is that these areas are the only place where land is available to poor people. How might his observation about the frontier apply to modern communities? What prompts Cora Munro to fight with her father about sending the militia to help protect frontier settlers?

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    Violence: Much of the movie consists of battles between British colonials and American Indians. There is gun violence as well as hand-to-hand combat and at least one scalping.

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    Sex: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue