• PG-13, 1 hr. 40 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Glendyn Ivin
    In Theaters:
    Jun 29, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Oct 16, 2012
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Last Ride Reviews

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Eric Melin

Weaving carries the film in a rare lead role as a father who loves his son but has criminal tendencies that get the best of him. Tom Russell is subtle and effective as the boy who has to grow up fast.

Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 3/4

October 21, 2012
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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The Australian outback, the setting for most of Last Ride, an extraordinary film for which the locale is a quiet, almost secret catalyst.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

August 8, 2012
Jeremy Heilman

While the basic premise of the film is something of a cliché, the execution is nuanced and the two lead performances are never less than convincing.

Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com | Original Score: 63/100

July 24, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The title more or less gives away the film's design, but the predestined journey is taut and tragic nevertheless.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 19, 2012
Shannon M. Houston
Paste Magazine

This curiosity about the main character -- and his major crime (which is revealed gradually) -- creates and maintains the lovely, looming suspense of Last Ride.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 8/10

July 6, 2012
Nora Lee Mandel

The remarkable landscape of Australia's outback [and] Weaving's paternal to scary on a dime performance makes [it] much more than a depressing story about an abusive father.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 8/10

July 6, 2012
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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Both Weaving and the movie itself do manage to show that this violent, hopelessly damaged man yearns to be a father, but will never know how.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 6, 2012
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Mr. Ivin doesn't have a strong narrative line to play with or become distracted by, but he takes off on some lovely detours, whether he's narrowing in on Chook or going wide to take in the world that waits beyond.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

July 5, 2012
Mark Jenkins
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Weaving, best known for The Matrix and the Lord of the Rings trilogies, brings subtlety and poignance to the hoodlum's mercurial character.

Full Review Source: NPR

July 5, 2012
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine

Despite its strong visual sensibility and performances, Glendyn Ivin's film gives into contrivance in its final act.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 5, 2012
Nick Schager
Village Voice
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Ivin conveys both facts and emotions with efficient brushstrokes (a spied glance, an offhand comment) that are matched by an understated, evocative lyricism.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 3, 2012
Brian Orndorf

The performances are marvelous, expressing an enormous reservoir of suspicion and grief without bleeding into melodrama, preferring to expose naked emotion through looks instead of fidgety gestures.

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: A-

June 28, 2012
Alison Willmore
AV Club
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A sad, standout showcase for Weaving's talents as a man whose good intentions can't fix the fact that irreparable mistakes have already been made.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

June 28, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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As Kev, the veteran actor Weaving gives the performance of lifetime.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

June 28, 2012
Russell Edwards
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First-time director Ivin makes a smooth transition to the broader canvas of features.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 23, 2012
Don Groves

Father, son on a road to perdition.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 31, 2010
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

A beautifully drawn, moody film filled with poetry, as it describes the troubled relationship between a father and son. It is all at once a road movie and a coming of age story in which murder, curiosity and struggling to survive are key.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

August 27, 2009
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

Glendyn Ivin's natural cinematic flair ensures the smooth transition from text to screen in a story that Mac Gudgeon has scripted with a sparse, raw, slow-burning dynamic.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

August 27, 2009
Cris Kennedy

Solid Aussie filmmaking elevated by its capable cast.

Full Review Source: Screenwize | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 10, 2009
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald

Weaving has a brilliant instinct for playing damaged men, as he did in Little Fish. Kev is a heartbreaking character, a hard-shelled survivor. Weaving captures all his brittleness, the years of damage.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 10, 2009
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