Parents' Guide to

The Last Rifleman

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

British drama about WWII veteran shows the good in humanity.

Movie NR 2023 102 minutes
The Last Rifleman movie poster: Pierce Brosnan as a World War II veteran sits on bench with a yellow background.

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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 12+

Very moving story definitely worth watching

Very moving story that brought me to tears. Knowing hardly anything about D-Day it made it a very personal story which I could relate to. Pierce Brosnan played Artie very well, and a decent Northern Irish accent too. Definitely worth watching, and I hope that veterans feel it helps to tell some of their stories too, honouring all they gave.
age 6+

Beautiful film that will leave you happy for all the right reasons

I've never had to create an account somewhere before just so that I can change the terrible scoring on a movie but this site has done just that, it's amazing to see how these so called film critics always get it wrong from how the general public sees movies. Rotten tomatoes does a fine job of constantly not knowing what people like, it's just someone trying to be smart and go against the grain without actually connecting with what's good or not.. This movie is brilliant, I'm not the biggest fan of Brosnan so was hesitant, but all the way through the movie I've had a big smile on my face, it's a beautiful hat tilt to the vets, a few cheeky winks here and there, the slow pace is justified and it's not trying to be something it's not. 2 stars indeed, if the reviewer isn't a lefty or too young to even know what a WW veteran is then they're probably just trying to do the whole 'look at my smart, trying too hard review' . Nonsense.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (4 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This low-key British drama is a moving film, yet seems to take forever to find its true purpose. The Last Rifleman takes the viewer on something of a laborious journey, not too far removed from that which its lead is going on himself. It's not until the final act when this Terry Loane feature truly comes to life. The final few minutes stop you in your tracks, with a profound closing sequence that will linger long in the memory, and one that nearly makes up for what preceded it. Instead of having confidence in its narrative and leaning into Brosnan's WWII veteran and the sentimentality this invokes, the film veers into a by-the-numbers adventure. In contrast, The Great Escaper tells a similar story but captures the imagination better by focusing more on what its characters are about. That said, Brosnan is fine in the role of Artie, though his prosthetics leave a little to be desired.

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