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  • 4.0

    out of 100

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  • 80

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    Wall Street Journal 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.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    A grandly entertaining historical drama.

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  • 88

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

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

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

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

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Mature Tolstoy biopic recounts his conflicted last days.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this period drama recounting Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy’s last months, while powerful and well acted, isn't too likely to appeal to kids. It has moments of both intense squabbling and gentle loving between the writer and his wife. Many of their fights are loud and painfully honest (though not venomous), and younger teens may find them disturbing. There’s also a sex scene with partial nudity (a woman's breasts) and a little swearing (though "bitch" is about as strong as it gets).

  • Families can talk about what the movie is trying to say about marriage. Whatmakes the romances in this film similar to or different to other Hollywood pairings?
  • Does Leo and Sofya's relationship seem realistic? How much of the movie do you think is based on fact, and what parts might the filmmakers have had to fill in? Why might filmmakers sometimes alter the truth for a movie?

The good stuff
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    Messages: This romantic period film delves into serious questions about loyalty to family, country, and self; there’s also much discussion about the importance of loving and being loved and how that may be the path to salvation.

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    Role models: Tolstoy is almost saintly here, though only just. Though his love for his wife -- and vice versa -- is unwavering, he wrestles with larger questions that may supersede his family, much to his wife’s chagrin. Though she seems quarrelsome, it’s apparent that she acts out of concern and love for him. Valentin is the prism through which Tolstoy’s life and works are viewed, and his struggle to comprehend them is understandable and commendable.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Lots of loud quarrels between a husband and his wife -- they adore each other, but they can’t seem to agree on what to do about one major decision. A despondent woman attempts to drown herself in a lake.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A woman propositions a man she barely knows; later, they have sex (only her breasts are visible). Some candid conversations about sex and marriage and celibacy. The Tolstoys seduce each other with sexual banter.

  • language false2

    Language: Nothing stronger than “tighta--,“ “bitch,” and “moron.”

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue