• R, 1 hr. 44 min.
  • Drama, Classics, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Hal Ashby
    In Theaters:
    Dec 12, 1973 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 14, 1999
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


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The Last Detail Reviews

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Nicholson's cigar-chomping, profanity-spouting grunt is one of the greatest incarnations of stunted machismo onscreen, and he's brilliantly complemented by Quaid's picture-perfect awkwardness and Young's bracing cynicism.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 5/5

April 3, 2013
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

The film has an engagingly profane, scruffy looseness, a hallmark of Hal Ashby and Robert Towne's careers, that undermines the conventions of the narrative.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 2, 2013
Emanuel Levy

Hal Ashby's gritty and profane serio comedy is one of his best films, featuring a towering performance from Jack Nicholson.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A

January 13, 2011
Gabe Leibowitz

The interaction, dialogue, and parent/child-esque relationships are very well done, if somewhat repetitive.

Full Review Source: eCinemaCenter.com | Original Score: 65/100

October 1, 2010
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

O trio principal, beneficiado pela abordagem quase documental de Ashby, ajuda a construir um filme que conquista pela dinâmica dos personagens e sua camaradagem crescente em um mundo de autoritarismo e injustiças.

| Original Score: 5/5

July 17, 2010
Beth Accomando

A classic Jack performance.

| Original Score: 4/5

April 18, 2008
Don Druker
Chicago Reader
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A tough-talking, sparely directed effort by Hal Ashby, with an immaculate performance by Jack Nicholson.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 31, 2007
Jon Fortgang

Relentless, profane, cynical and bitterly funny, this still ranks among the best work by Nicholson and Ashby. An exhilarating trip from start to finish.

Full Review Source: Film4

October 31, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Ashby's direction is superlative, as is his use of music to help secure the mood.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/4

October 31, 2007
Variety Staff
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Salty, bawdy, hilarious and very touching.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 31, 2007
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Classic Nicholson + classic Robert Towne script = '70s classic

| Original Score: 5/5

June 16, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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One can't help feeling that the criticism of modern America hits out at all too easy targets in a vague and muffled manner.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Clint Morris

Nicholson is outstanding, Quaid is compelling

| Original Score: 3/5

January 24, 2006
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

One of the best films of (and about) the 1970s.

| Original Score: 5/5

September 23, 2005
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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The Last Detail is one superbly funny, uproariously intelligent performance, plus two others that are very, very good, which are so effectively surrounded by profound bleakness that it seems to be a new kind of anti-comedy.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 9, 2005
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

A 'talky' film without much to say.

| Original Score: 2/5

June 25, 2003
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Holds up far, far better than Five Easy Pieces.

| Original Score: 5/5

August 30, 2002
Scott Von Doviak

Nicholson delivers one of the most ferociously energetic performances of his career.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

September 26, 2001
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

| Original Score: 3/5

February 18, 2007
Cole Smithey

| Original Score: 4/5

March 13, 2006
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