Last Days of Disco (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

Last Days of Disco (1998)



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Young Manhattanites boogie-oogie-oogie, in Whit Stillman's Proustian exploration of urban manners, discarded innocence and the onset of modern times.more
Rating: R (For some elements involving sexuality and drugs)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Whit Stillman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 8, 1998


Kate Beckinsale
as Charlotte
Jaid Barrymore
as Tiger Lady
Taylor Nichols
as Charlie/Ted Boynton
Zachary Taylor
as Backdoorman
Cate Smit
as Helen
Robin Miles
as Josephine
Carolyn Farina
as Audrey Rouget
Dylan Hundley
as Sally Flower
Linda Pierce
as Real Estate Lady
Carlos Jacott
as Dog walker
Sharon Scruggs
as Justine Prashker
Ajay Mehta
as Pharmacist
Norma Quarles
as Anti-Disco Rally Rep...
Kimball Chen
as Clubgoer
Bunny Beekman
as Clubgoer
Jack Staub
as Clubgoer
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Critic Reviews for Last Days of Disco

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (16)

Sharp-eyed and charming.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

In its last hour, the picture becomes more clumsy and tiresome, but the stray laugh and the disco sound keep it pulsing.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Not only are the characters in The Last Days of Disco embarrassingly earnest about their love for spectacular nightclubs and thumping dance music, but they're also completely transparent about their desires, even when they think they're being clever.

Full Review… | September 4, 2012

If it had been Stillman's swan song, a director could hardly hope to be prouder of such a strong exit.

Full Review… | April 23, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

Stillman skips the snark in favor of a sincere appreciation of his slightly lost characters.

Full Review… | January 29, 2010
Movie Metropolis

Stilillman pulls off a unique balancing act of conveying the specificities of the cultural milieu but also maintaining a sense of universality that keeps the film from being solely about its time and place

Full Review… | October 13, 2009
Q Network Film Desk

Audience Reviews for Last Days of Disco

Both Whit Stillman movies I've now seen (the other being Damsels in Distress) have produced a similar reaction in me: within the first moments, I find the dialogue completely jarring and think "No one talks like that." Before long, though, I find myself completely wrapped up in it. I preferred this film to Damsels because of its aesthetic and soundtrack--and no, I wouldn't call myself a disco fan--and also because it doesn't end with a meaningless dance scene like Damsels did. Last Days of Disco turns on human relationships that encounter almost insurmountable challenges and that happen to coincide with the doom of the titular musical genre. It aggrandizes a little story, but not in a bad way. Quite worth the watch.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

Whit Stillman's subtle but profound take on the fallacy of indulgent self importance. Don't let the title put you off, The Last Days of Disco is an underrated gem!

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


This Movie is from Criterion Collection, most movies from this collection are pretty good, but this one is not. It Sucks. Its about the Eighties Time Frame, and shows the lives of a number of people throughout the Movie. To me the movie made little sense, and had about every disco song in it. 1 1/2 stars for effort.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Last Days of Disco Quotes

Des: I'm not an addict. I'm just a user.
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)
Des: Our bodies weren't designed for group social life. A certain amount of pairing off was always a part of the original plan.
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)
Alice: Do you really think we know each other well enough to room together?
Charlotte: Well maybe that's good.
Alice: It's not just that we don't know each other well, I'm not really sure we even like each other.
Charlotte: That's okay.
– Submitted by Justin J (3 years ago)

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