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The Last Days of Disco

The Last Days of Disco (1998)



Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 2

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Movie Info

Young Manhattanites boogie-oogie-oogie, in Whit Stillman's Proustian exploration of urban manners, discarded innocence and the onset of modern times.


Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy

Whit Stillman

Dec 8, 1998


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All Critics (67) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (16) | DVD (9)

Sharp-eyed and charming.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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[Stillman] nails his characters with perfectly heard dialogue and laconic satire.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

September 4, 2012 Full Review Source:

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

April 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

January 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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

October 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

The focus of The Last Days of Disco is a psychologically authentic and painfully parasitic female relationship.

August 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The single finest moment in The Last Days of Disco comes at the end, during the credits... The scene is alive and exciting, and I wish there were more of that in the movie.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The movie is only partially successful in conveying the passion, the erotic heat, the decadence that characterized discos as the new temples.

February 18, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Solid period piece with good dialogue. Standard relationship stuff, but well done.

July 18, 2003

A squawky, self-satisfied bore that isn't likely to get anyone's toes tapping.

January 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

Mr. Stillman more or less saves the movie with Josh, a sweet, muddled guy who deserves better friends than he has in this movie.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

The performances by the entire ensemble are delightful, with Beckinsale and Keeslar particularly impressive. Of course, it helps that they get most of the sharpest lines.

June 23, 2002 Full Review Source: James Sanford on Film
James Sanford on Film

Offers little beyond the usual Stillman prattle.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A sassy romantic comedy set in Manhattan during the l980s.

March 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The film is enjoyable .. because of that great dialogue, good performances by the leads, and a great soundtrack.

January 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Stillman's third and most indulgent installment of his autobiographical trilogy ... smirks its way through the early '80s disco heyday.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

More a series of conversations than a movie

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

For a film about the flame-out of a flashy era, The Last Days of Disco is just too languid and verbose.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Stillman is a talented filmmaker who knows how to avoid most cinematic cliches, and is eager to show human nature in all its amusing weakness, but he seems to be enchanted with some pretty wretched people.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for The Last Days of Disco

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!
January 12, 2012
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.
March 21, 2010
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

In "The Last Days of Disco," Alice(Chloe Sevigny) and Charlotte(Kate Beckinsale) are two comely editorial assistants who are admitted into a trendy club every night on looks alone. Des(Chris Eigeman), a manager at the club, is under pressure not to admit Jimmy(Mackenzie Astin) because he is in advertising and therefore scum. Des also thinks he is gay after watching an episode of Wild Kingdom.(Not "Animal Kingdom" which I'll be reviewing next.) Regardless, Josh(Matt Keeslar, of "The Middleman"), an ADA, thinks the whole scene is cool. At the end of the night, Alice goes home with Tom(Robert Sean Leonard).

Writer-director-producer Whit Stillman tries in vain with "The Last Days of Disco" to have something intelligent to say about the transition stage from college to first job, as these characters are in the process of moving on from friends they barely like to spouses they tolerate just enough to not kill them in their sleep. The movie is set in the waning days of disco, a party that was about to end for all.(By the way, we make fun of John Travolta for all the bad movies he has made while Olivia Newton-John is still cool because she has been on "Glee" twice.) I could have tolerated the movie's sour tone if it had not been so excessively talky on every single subject under the sun and there had been more of a plot which sneaks in just under the wire.
September 12, 2010
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

While most of the crowds headed for Studio 54, Whit Stillman decided to make another film and came up with this gem. What is great about Stillman..dialogue, dialogue, dialogue. Probably the last serious film that Kate Beckinsale was involved in.
January 12, 2012
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

    1. Des: I'm not an addict. I'm just a user.
    – Submitted by Frances H (8 months ago)
    1. 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 (8 months ago)
    1. Alice: Do you really think we know each other well enough to room together?
    2. Charlotte: Well maybe that's good.
    3. Alice: It's not just that we don't know each other well, I'm not really sure we even like each other.
    4. Charlotte: That's okay.
    – Submitted by Justin J (17 months ago)
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