Last Orders Reviews

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David Stratton
Variety
March 27, 2009
Delicately handled and superbly textured, this fine adaptation of Graham Swift's Booker Prize-winning novel deals with all the really big subjects: love, friendship, death, life.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
One of the most rewarding and authentic depictions of/tributes to the Cockney way of life in recent years.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 15, 2002
Gathering its forces slowly, this careful, thoughtful film, quietly but deeply moving, is dramatic without seeming to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
A movie I loved on first sight and, even more important, love in remembrance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 30, 2002
The film, like its characters, is limited by a provincial self-absorption.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 29, 2002
It's a small movie about ordinary blokes, and yet it poses some of the big questions that have vexed philosophers for ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 29, 2002
The joy of Last Orders is its pub talk, the Cockney joking and provoking style of banter, and the extraordinary group of actors who bring the characters to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 15, 2002
With a cast of this vintage, it wouldn't matter if they were reading the telephone book to one another, things are always entertaining.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
March 15, 2002
There's a wondrous sense of what all men should leave behind them: friendship, forgiveness and reconciliation.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
March 15, 2002
A warm, skillful excavation of what look like ordinary lives, ones that aren't so simple once you dig a little deeper.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
March 15, 2002
The lovely and richly textured British film Last Orders is as well-acted as any film you'll ever see.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
March 15, 2002
This is human comedy at its most amusing, interesting and confirming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 15, 2002
If Fred Schepisi's adaptation of Graham Swift's Booker Prize-winning Last Orders can't really do justice to the novel, it does extremely well by its cast, thank you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 14, 2002
An epic with the economy of an epitaph, a flawlessly told tale about a flawed man.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 14, 2002
Offers nostalgia laced with lyricism and regret. And it poses a haunting question: When does a memory become part of the past?
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 13, 2002
Though the book runs only about 300 pages, it is so densely packed ... that even an ambitious adaptation and elaborate production like Mr. Schepisi's seems skimpy and unclear.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
March 8, 2002
There's been no richer cinematic tapestry of humanity so far this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
March 7, 2002
A must for fans of British cinema, if only because so many titans of the industry are along for the ride.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 1, 2002
The splendid ensemble cast inhabits these unglamorous roles with quiet gusto.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 1, 2002
An enervated, overly muted drama that should have been a lot livelier, considering the terrific cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 1, 2002
Because I share history and memories with these actors, it is easy to stand at the bar with their characters as they regard the urn of ashes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 17, 2002
The actors here are so extraordinarily adept at portraying the silences and exultations of their characters that the film becomes a kind of ode to comradeship, one unblinkered by cant or sentimentality.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
February 15, 2002
The performers are so spot on, it is hard to conceive anyone else in their roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 15, 2002
A ho-hum male weepie/road comedy.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 15, 2002
The storytelling may be ordinary, but the cast is one of those all-star reunions that fans of Gosford Park have come to assume is just another day of Brit cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
February 14, 2002
...is funny in the way that makes you ache with sadness (the way Chekhov is funny), profound without ever being self-important, warm without ever succumbing to sentimentality.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 14, 2002
Schepisi, aided by a cast that seems to include every top-notch British actor who did not appear in Gosford Park (as well as one, Ms. Mirren, who did), has succeeded beyond all expectation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 14, 2002
A funny and touching film that is gorgeously acted by a British cast to rival Gosford Park's.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
February 12, 2002
The carload of codgers in Fred Schepisi's Last Orders merely bellyache, philosophize, crack unfunny jokes, and ruminate simplemindedly about Death.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 11, 2002
Great acting throughout...
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
October 19, 2001
Takes a little while to get started but proves well worth the journey.