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The Living End (2008)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 6
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 1
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 0

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 2,096

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Movie Info

A gentle film critic hooks up with a violent drifter in this HIV-positive road movie, which marked the emergence of writer/director Gregg Araki into the art house mainstream. Jon (Craig Gilmore) has just learned he has the virus that causes AIDS. Still in a state of shock, he stumbles through his usual routine -- until he meets Luke (Mike Dytri), a hunky, gun-toting hitchhiker who has just stolen a car from a pair of homicidal lesbians and shot a trio of would-be gay bashers. Against his better … More

Rating:
R
Genre:
Drama , Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Gay & Lesbian , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Gregg Araki
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Apr 29, 2008
Runtime:
Strand Releasing


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Critic Reviews for The Living End

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (2)

It is visually vibrant (in a wonderful on-the- cheap kind of way). But its insightful fury is undercut by thrashes of immaturity. It's engaged with culture and angry at it.

Full Review… | April 4, 2008
Denver Post
Top Critic

Probably more valuable as a cultural artifact than a movie.

Full Review… | March 14, 2008
Las Vegas Weekly

Self described by its director as "my most desperate movie," this road movie about two HIV-positive runaways and imposible love in th face of death, put Gregg Araki at the forefront of indie directors.

Full Review… | January 23, 2007
EmanuelLevy.Com

Audience Reviews for The Living End

½

I remember really liking this movie back in the 90's. Was excited to see it on DVD for rental. Well, I have to say I had forgotten most of the story apart from it being a road trip movie about two men living with AIDS, so I was interested to see if it was as good as I remembered.
Though it's obviously dated now, I still found it quite compelling viewing with a unique style. Craig Gilmore in particular is great as Jon. Very sympathetic character. Won't be for all, is pretty bleak and confronting, but I found it worth the rewatch.

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Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

A gripping road trip with the unique angle of having two HIV positive men take to the road to come to grips with their unsure future. Very good.

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John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

½

Araki brings great ideas to the table, but his execution leaves a lot to be desired. The two lead actors are consistently unconvincing, so their love story has no emotional resonance. Since the film relies heavily on a connection with the doomed lovers, the low performance quality hurts it badly. Nevertheless, it's very much a product of its time, and that works in its favour somehow. This is a cult classic with lots of bright possibilities, but most of them are unfulfilled.

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Mike T.

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