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The Last Ride (2012)

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Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 6

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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After a meteoric rise to radio super-stardom in the late 1940's, Hank Williams, who called himself Luke the Drifter, had made a train wreck of his life. At the end of 1952, Hank Williams gathered what was left of his physical strength to make things right and began the long road back. On his way to a couple of New Year's shows in West Virginia and Ohio, he hired a local kid who didn't even own a radio, much less know who this legend was, to drive him to the gigs from Montgomery, AL. Hank

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Howard Klausner, Dub Cornett

Jun 4, 2013

$16.3k

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Alas, "The Last Ride" doesn't deliver much insight into Williams or the lifestyle that killed him.

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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The Last Ride doesn't give us a complete picture of Hank Williams. But it does ably illustrate the final days of his life.

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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James does a fine job of portraying a na´ve youth whose eyes slowly open to glimpse both the pleasures and the pain of living.

July 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Dramatically thin, formally uninspired and thematically weak, "The Last Ride" really goes nowhere.

June 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Bearing all the hallmarks of a small-budget labor of love, The Last Ride is a leisurely paced but modestly engaging road trip that gets considerable mileage from the byplay between its two lead characters.

June 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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This one is for Hank Williams fanatics only, and Mr. Thomas puts a dark and subtle sheen on a disappointingly watery script.

June 21, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A romantic "what-if" version of the story, interesting only as a cultural artifact...dramatically inert

June 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
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Henry Thomas shows he beat the child star jinx with his heartfelt portrayal of Hank Williams.

September 19, 2012 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com
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The Last Ride squanders its potential, much like its tragic subject.

August 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Alabama teen drives country-music star Hank Williams on his fatal trip to a concert in West Virginia. Squeaky-clean period tale is well-mounted but thin.

June 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A typical wax-museum reproduction of the American South in which every detail is Southern in bold all caps, and not a single scene over the course of the film's 102 minutes rings true.

June 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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... an evocation of an era, of a lost-highway America evidenced today only in the roadside ruins of old service stations and downtown hotels, of a South before it was swamped by leveling and homogenizing waves of globalization and television.

November 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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Audience Reviews for The Last Ride

Not exactly how I envisioned Hank to be but I certainly did not know him. This movie needed Hank Williams music in it to make it complete - and you know he crashed many of bars and took over the stage, he loved to show off, he loved the limelight, he had to be seen and recognised, it it would have been great to have heard Hank tell his story to the young driver, to see flashbacks that lead up to where they were at that point - because to be honest parts of this movie were kind of flat, a little back story would have been a real attention grabber... where was that in this movie? I would give it an 4 1/2- only because I think Hank have more charm & character than they had the actor express. I know this was just his 'last ride' but Hank had a real temper he also was smooth as silk with the ladies and he was one rowdy guy always looking for a fight - I just think maybe they could have let Jessie James add a lil more oomph into this character... this is definitely worth the watch. Kaley Cuoco was awesome in the movie, even though she had a small part. 4 1/2 stars 7-1013
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