Final Reviews

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Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
February 3, 2008
Worth it for Leary fans who want to see him stretch a bit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
March 18, 2003
While vaguely reminiscent of VANILLA SKY, it lacks the pretty big-name stars, the sci-fi trappings, and the cop-out ending - and is all the better for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Varney
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Best known as a gritty wiseass, Denis Leary creates a fine dramatic performance as Bill, as does his co-star Hope Davis whose screen presence is glacial and entirely believable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
January 18, 2002
A surprisingly effective, off-beat little movie.
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
January 17, 2002
Emerges as engrossing and thought-provoking.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 17, 2002
A movie that tries your patience but, finally, rewards it handsomely.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 14, 2001
Shot digitally, Final is less than terrific technically; focus and sound levels waver. Luckily, these flaws are not inconsistent with the film's raw, unvarnished tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 7, 2001
Leary -- and the film itself -- keeps the audience off guard.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
December 7, 2001
The pace suddenly picks up and the pieces of the puzzle start falling into place for Bill and for the audience.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 7, 2001
Leary ... digs deeper than he has before, and he makes himself over into an arresting lost soul.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 6, 2001
Though its story is fuzzy, the acting and direction in Final give it an air of quiet, dignified ambition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
December 6, 2001
Mr. Leary and Ms. Davis are first-rate.
Rachel Gordon
Filmcritic.com
December 6, 2001
[Scott] aptly places these all-too-human characters in a complex situation that is both compelling and entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
November 5, 2001
Campbell Scott's brutally claustrophobic direction is alleviated by Leary and Davis's unhysterical performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
October 24, 2001
Denis Leary and Hope Davis played against each other like fire and water
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 23, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 24, 2003
...this semi-interesting premise has been stretched incredibly thin over the course of close to two hours...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
KJ Doughton
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Final's redundant, stiff, colorless meetings between Bill and Ann are staged at such a leisurely pace that we're waiting for someone to shut them up and provide some real tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 19, 2008
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 31, 2003
KJ Doughton
Nitrate Online
December 31, 2001
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