appealing turns from Ben Affleck and Jodie Comer can't save Ridley Scott's bloated historical epic; the film feeds into the very power structure it sets out to debunk, a frustrating miss that threatens to cloud Comer's poignant performance
adapting Eric Jager's 2004 non-fiction book with screenwriters Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Nicole Holofcener, Ridley Scott spins a medieval yarn that is by turns gruesome, grotesque, gorgeous, and inconsistent
"The Last Duel" rises against any skepticism with a nuanced, complex script, phenomenal performances that should be studied in acting class, and some of the best medieval fight scenes put to the screen
"The Last Duel" reveals itself as something all too rare on the current Hollywood field of battle: an intelligent and genuinely daring big budget melee that is - above all else - the product of recognizable artistic collaboration.
"The Last Duel" is an engrossing drama of ambition, romance, and political chicanery; despite a brief action interlude here or there, "The Last Duel" turns out to be a lavishly convoluted and, at times, rather interesting medieval soap opera