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Last Night (2011)

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 62
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 31

Last Night doesn't opt for easy answers, but the framework and characters overall are too slight and plain to be compelling.

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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 10

Last Night doesn't opt for easy answers, but the framework and characters overall are too slight and plain to be compelling.

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Set in New York City, Last Night is the story of a married couple that while apart for one night, is confronted by temptation that may decide the fate of their marriage. Joanna (Academy Award(R) nominee Keira Knightley) and Michael Reed (Sam Worthington) are 7 years into a successful and happy relationship. They are moving along in their lives together until Joanna meets Laura (Eva Mendes), the stunningly beautiful work colleague whom Michael never mentioned. While Michael is away with Laura on

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Massy Tadjedin

Aug 1, 2011

$0.1M

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All Critics (63) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (31) | DVD (5)

'Last Night' is an empty exercise in sheer self-regard, a tedious, lifeless trawl through the secret lives of the rich and beautiful.

June 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Forget about sex or adultery -- there isn't enough life in Last Night.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Tadjedin banks on the power of telling, familiar moments, betting that viewers will recognize the heartache at the center of a fleeting expression or hurried action. For the most part, her gamble pays off.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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It's the sort of movie that thinks cutting between two different stories makes it art. Usually, it feels like an exercise in art. There's a lot of calisthenics but very little beauty or truth or whatever it is the movie is going for.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Comment (1)
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Will Michael succumb and prove Joanna correct in her suspicions? Will Alex's French accent conquer all? Do you care? I didn't.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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Massy Tadjedin's intimate directorial debut takes a spare, thoughtful approach to relationships.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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The actors try their best to transcend the flimsy script and unappealing direction, but ultimately the movie offers a mostly hollow experience that delivers a night that you will struggle to remember.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

A well-acted, intellectually ambitious and emotionally honest roundelay of enticement. The film stands out as a rare example of a work more interested in evoking universal thoughtfulness than telling its audience what to think.

June 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Last Night develops into a provocative (if slightly anti-climactic) tryst.

June 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

The film is as shiny and thin as a coat of nail varnish, but beguilingly photographed...

June 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

An hour and a half of pan-American todger-teasing.

June 4, 2011 Full Review Source: News of the World
News of the World

The word sexy is horribly overused. When it comes to this pair, though, it's the only word that will do.

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

It's quite enjoyable, and the ending is very good -- I just didn't believe a moment of it.

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

While it's initially hard to care much about characters this privileged, the emotions and situations are ones we can all relate to.

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

A glossy melodrama that turns a gossip column premise into an earnest, well-acted rumination on modern relationships.

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

All in all, this is a low-key affair, but its strength is in the keen observation of how relationships develop.

June 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

It's a little slow and not a great deal happens, but it's no real hardship watching beautiful people for 90 minutes.

June 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

A good-looking, tightly-scripted and ever-so-slightly superficial drama about a married couple on the brink of infidelity.

June 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

A small-scale, indulgent but worthwhile movie from writer-director Massy Tadjedin about infidelity, jealousy and the quarter-life crisis.

June 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Leaves you to fill in the gaps, but you won't care enough to bother.

June 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Whether you care about her characters or not (and you won't), Tadjedin does at least keep you guessing as to who will take the moral high ground come the end.

June 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Engaging, sharply observed relationship drama, enlivened by strong performances from all four leads, though the fact that it constantly feels stagey and contrived is something of a distraction.

June 1, 2011 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Shallow without being fun or sexy, the picture is a well-meaning but ponderous bore. The characters are dull, their ruminations tedious and uninvolving and the relationship insights banal.

June 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

A glum, navel-gazing affair that asks us to invest in self-absorbed protagonists living absurdly narcissistic lives.

May 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Sadly, the weakest link in this provocative tale is Worthington who never really ignites the screen in quite the same way as Knightley.

May 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Real.com

Audience Reviews for Last Night

An honest though unimpressive movie with decent performances, especially Keira Knightley, who shines in this story about doubt, desire and betrayal. Still, it is too bad that after ninety minutes of slow building up it simply does not offer a real pay-off.
July 31, 2013
blacksheepboy

Super Reviewer

Will be too slow for some, but I liked this movie. I think any one in a marriage who ever wondered what if? will relate to this. Definitely not a feel good, but well acted and thought provoking.
July 29, 2012
romy861

Super Reviewer

A rare movie in which the middle section is the most compelling part. Unsurprisingly, this makes for a ho-hum experience all together.
June 27, 2012
jarobb3

Super Reviewer

Joanna(Kiera Knightley) and Michael(Sam Worthington) are 7 years into their happy relationship when one night threatens to take it all down. Michael is away on a business trip, when he is tempted to have an affair with a coworker, Laura(Eva Mendes). While away, Joanna finds herself in a similar situation with an ex lover, Alex(Guillaume Canet). It's a movie about a married couples choices during one night apart. For the most part, it's a four person conversational movie. Lots of dialogue that helps set and move the story along while taking place during one single night. The four performances by the leads are all very well done. Knightley can sometimes be over the top or annoying in dramas, but here she is understated and does a great job. Same goes for Worthington, most times he is wooden, but not here. A lot of people will probably find this kind of boring since it's a dialogue heavy movie with little action. But when movies like this are interesting and engaging, I find them to be just as good a quality of movie. Emily enjoyed it, and it's hard for a movie to impress her:-) Give it a shot if your in the mood for a good drama with great performances.
May 29, 2012
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

    1. Joanna Reed: What I wouldn't have given to have tired of you.
    – Submitted by Maryam Z (12 months ago)
    1. Michael: You can be happy and still be tempted.
    – Submitted by Maryam Z (12 months ago)
    1. Joanna Reed: Tonight isn't finished yet.
    – Submitted by Maryam Z (12 months ago)
    1. Joanna Reed: I can't do any more then look him in the eye.
    – Submitted by Anthony G (2 years ago)
    1. Joanna Reed: In the middle of most nights when I can't sleep, I still replay you.
    – Submitted by Abbie R (2 years ago)
    1. Joanna Reed: She's pretty. You never mentioned that!
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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