• R, 1 hr. 37 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:    Michael Caleo
  • In Theaters:    May 18, 2007 Wide
  • On DVD:    Jul 10, 2007
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment

The Last Time Reviews

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Heather Huntington
August 27, 2008

Love LaBute? Mad for Mamet? Well, let me introduce you to Michael Caleo.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
November 26, 2007

Finding the all-important Achilles heel is the central focus of The Last Time, a routine office drama with a love triangle that unexpectedly turns into a biting character study.

Chuck O'Leary
July 5, 2007

Wildly entertaining ... Skillfully walks a fine line between black comedy and intense drama ... It's one of the year's best.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
May 21, 2007

A clever and twisty calling card for filmmaker Michael Caleo.

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 18, 2007

A little bit nutty and pretty entertaining in a thoroughly unconvincing way. And watch out for that 11th-hour twist -- it's a head snapper.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Hemphill
May 18, 2007

It alternates between bleak cynicism and a genuinely romantic sensibility, and this unusual combination makes the movie a great vehicle for Keaton and Valletta, and a compelling drama for the audience.

| Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
August 10, 2007

A melodramatic disaster.

Full Review | Original Score: D
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
August 6, 2007

Seemingly developed at the David Mamet Institute for Twist-Laden Salesmen Dramas.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4

Time Out New York
Top Critic
July 21, 2007

Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
Tony Medley
May 20, 2007

If this isn't the most irritating film I've seen this year, it's close. No, I take that back. It is the most irritating film I've seen all year.

Full Review | Original Score: 0/10
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
Top Critic
May 18, 2007

[Writer-director] Caleo isn't able to sell The Last Time -- not the affair and especially not the ludicrous twist ending.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
Top Critic
May 18, 2007

Feels like a script that was written backwards, as if the twist ending occurred to [writer-director] Caleo first and he then filled out a story to get to it. Fair enough, except getting there in this case is just no fun.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
May 18, 2007

Strives for contemporary noir in tone but feels closer to an ineffective parody of James M. Cain filtered through faux David Mamet dialogue.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt McKillop
May 18, 2007

exists to pad the resume of everyone whose name appears in the credits.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
John Anderson
Top Critic
May 17, 2007

While his cast is first-rate, director-writer Michael Caleo doesn't know quite what his movie is about.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rex Reed
New York Observer
Top Critic
May 16, 2007

For all the good work that went into it, the movie is as phony as a game of three-card monte.

Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
Top Critic
May 15, 2007

Akin to hip-hop culture's misappropriation of Scarface as a tale of gangsta empowerment, writer-director Michael Caleo crudely latches onto the surface misanthropy of David Mamet's work to fuel his forgettable first feature.

Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
Top Critic
July 21, 2007

Top Critic
July 21, 2007

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