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The Last September (1998)

tomatometer

83

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1

No consensus yet.

audience

37

liked it
Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 773

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Movie Info

Love, politics, and class at once bring together and tear apart an extended family in this period drama. In 1920, Ireland is in the midst of a political upheaval, as upper class Anglo-Irish Protestants are driven from the country by the nation's increasingly vocal wishes Irish Catholic majority. Sir Richard Naylor (Michael Gambon) and his wife Lady Myra (Maggie Smith) are wealthy members of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy who slowly realize the life they've known in County Cork is coming to an end.

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Drama, Romance

John Banville

Sep 26, 2000

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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (14) | DVD (3)

Expends so much effort looking good and creating a dreamy atmosphere that its makers seem not to care about maintaining narrative coherence or building emotional resonance.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Slow, stately, and boring.

January 3, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Absolutely dreadful -- boring, boring, boring.

March 2, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

An entrancing film about yearning.

March 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Anyone seeking a low-key blend of the personal and the political need search no further than this gently photographed fable.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Beautifully filmed, "Last September" has the feeling of an impressionistic painting.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

Although intelligent, fails to truly grip the viewer.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for The Last September

Such a good cast, such a dull movie!!
August 17, 2009
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jay nixon

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]"The Last September" takes place in 1920 in Ireland, where Lois(Keeley Hawes) is coming of age as a member of the ruling Anglo-Irish ruling class while Ireland is gaining its independence. This is not good news as far as her family is concerned, considering they will probably have to soon vacate the premises but they are acting as if nothing is the matter. In fact, they invite their free-spirited relation, Marda(Fiona Shaw), for the weekend.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"The Last September" has little plot and concerns itself more with place and time setting the mood but the movie is too similar to "Rules of the Game" and "May Fools" for it to be successful. It wastes a very good cast which includes Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon and Jane Birkin.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]At the heart of the movie are issues of identity and class. The ruling class identifies themselves as Irish even though the native population disagrees and thinks of them as English.[/font]
February 15, 2006
Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Just moody and a bit messy. It could have been interesting and some of the actors made it worth checking out but it was pretty badly executed.
April 4, 2010
SunilJawahir

Super Reviewer

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