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Last Days Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

The problem with Last Days is that Van Sant's primary mode of saying something is saying nothing.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 24, 2005
James Rocchi

Van Sant's drama "inspired by" the last days of Kurt Cobain is an improvised, indulgent failure with none of the energy of the life -- and death -- it parrots.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 1/5

July 21, 2005
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Skips over such cinematic non-essentials as character, motivation, backstory and narrative.

May 13, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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The problem is the first twenty-seven years of this character's life are probably a lot more interesting than the last three days.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

July 25, 2005
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Last Days has the blank, discombobulated feeling you get when you wake up in a hotel room and your brain hasn't kicked in and you're not sure where you are.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

August 11, 2005
Chris Barsanti
Film Threat

...less art than a joyless exercise in poorly conceived perversity.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 1.5/5

July 24, 2005
Eric D. Snider

If there's a real person in all this, he is lost in your stubbornly experimental filmmaking technique. Experiments are only interesting when they work, you know.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C

July 22, 2005
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies

Van Sant has lost all touch with his audience in Last Days... It's an experiment and the result is utter nothingness.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 0/5

August 12, 2005
Brian Orndorf

The ferociously tedious and ostentatious Last Days is an insult to the sad life of a rock legend.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: F

July 21, 2005
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

May 12, 2006
Cole Smithey

Boring, self-indulgent and punctuated by Van Sant's trademark homosexual kissing scene, "Last Days" will make you wish that this were Van Sant's last movie.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D-

April 15, 2009
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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A film about a junkie rock musician, played by Michael Pitt at his most narcissistic, doing nothing in particular for the better part of 97 minutes isn't my idea of either a good time or a serious endeavor.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 1/4

August 13, 2005
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Yet another mass produced offering in to the thought process of deifying someone so asinine and melodramatic as Kurt Cobain...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Jeremiah Kipp
Flipside Movie Emporium

Despite the beautiful photography and good-looking actors and naturalistic locations, it strikes me as bogus.

Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium | Original Score: C

July 12, 2005
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Van Sant tries too hard to make some meaning out of Kurt Cobain's hazy and crazy last days.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

July 21, 2005
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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After an hour and a half of this, you may feel as if you're on drugs yourself. Or wish you were.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1/4

July 22, 2005
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Sorely lacks the angry energy and wit Cobain brought to his work.

| Original Score: 1/4

July 22, 2005
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Seamlessly and rather cleverly, without telling anybody, Gus Van Sant has transitioned out of important filmmaking and has taken up a new career in torture.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 0/4

July 22, 2005
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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If you're going to make a movie about Kurt Cobain, you might as well make a movie about Kurt Cobain.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

August 11, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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It's all terribly self-conscious and desperately arty and fairly bad.

| Original Score: D

August 12, 2005
Dave Calhoun
Time Out New York
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August 16, 2007
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 9, 2005
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
September 2, 2005
Hanh Nguyen
July 23, 2005
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
August 8, 2005
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
July 20, 2005
Cynthia Fuchs
August 14, 2005

Boston Phoenix
August 13, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Time Out
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Sydney Morning Herald
September 2, 2005

AV Club
September 26, 2005
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