It offers shallow pleasures and the satisfaction of seeing two actors in performances better than the film deserves.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
I'm not sure the social prejudices Gavras tries to mine for laughs here quite exist anymore.
It's a delight to see William Hurt and Isabella Rossellini given an age-appropriate showcase that doesn't involve heavy artillery.
| Original Score: 3/4
In a performance that is much deeper than the rest of the movie, Mr. Hurt allows Adam's anger and fear to leak out of his electric blue eyes, which are frequently on the brink of tears.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Ultimately, it's not distinctive enough to draw viewers who haven't given much thought to aging. But that still leaves a substantial audience for the film's gentle laughs and modest insights.
"Late Bloomers" could have been a much better movie, if only director and co-writer Julie Gavras were as sensible as her actors.
| Original Score: 2/5
Extra discredit to the embarrassingly jaunty score by Sodi Marciszewer, which should be taken behind the recording studio and shot.
| Original Score: 1/5
[Rossellini] is radiant in a profoundly ordinary and believable way, as always, and stirs up generational pathos all by herself.
While the world could certainly use more films about characters entering their sunset years, a solution as toothless and saggy as Julie Gavras' Late Bloomers does little to help the cause.