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Last Ride Reviews

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Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
October 21, 2012
Weaving carries the film in a rare lead role as a father who loves his son but has criminal tendencies that get the best of him. Tom Russell is subtle and effective as the boy who has to grow up fast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
August 8, 2012
The Australian outback, the setting for most of Last Ride, an extraordinary film for which the locale is a quiet, almost secret catalyst.
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
July 24, 2012
While the basic premise of the film is something of a cliché, the execution is nuanced and the two lead performances are never less than convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 63/100
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 19, 2012
The title more or less gives away the film's design, but the predestined journey is taut and tragic nevertheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Shannon M. Houston
Paste Magazine
July 6, 2012
This curiosity about the main character -- and his major crime (which is revealed gradually) -- creates and maintains the lovely, looming suspense of Last Ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
July 6, 2012
The remarkable landscape of Australia's outback [and] Weaving's paternal to scary on a dime performance makes [it] much more than a depressing story about an abusive father.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
July 6, 2012
Both Weaving and the movie itself do manage to show that this violent, hopelessly damaged man yearns to be a father, but will never know how.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 5, 2012
Mr. Ivin doesn't have a strong narrative line to play with or become distracted by, but he takes off on some lovely detours, whether he's narrowing in on Chook or going wide to take in the world that waits beyond.
| Original Score: 3/5
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July 5, 2012
Weaving, best known for The Matrix and the Lord of the Rings trilogies, brings subtlety and poignance to the hoodlum's mercurial character.
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine
July 5, 2012
Despite its strong visual sensibility and performances, Glendyn Ivin's film gives into contrivance in its final act.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
July 3, 2012
Ivin conveys both facts and emotions with efficient brushstrokes (a spied glance, an offhand comment) that are matched by an understated, evocative lyricism.
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
June 28, 2012
The performances are marvelous, expressing an enormous reservoir of suspicion and grief without bleeding into melodrama, preferring to expose naked emotion through looks instead of fidgety gestures.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
June 28, 2012
A sad, standout showcase for Weaving's talents as a man whose good intentions can't fix the fact that irreparable mistakes have already been made.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 28, 2012
As Kev, the veteran actor Weaving gives the performance of lifetime.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Russell Edwards
Variety
February 23, 2012
First-time director Ivin makes a smooth transition to the broader canvas of features.
Don Groves
sbs.com.au
December 31, 2010
Father, son on a road to perdition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
August 27, 2009
A beautifully drawn, moody film filled with poetry, as it describes the troubled relationship between a father and son. It is all at once a road movie and a coming of age story in which murder, curiosity and struggling to survive are key.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
August 27, 2009
Glendyn Ivin's natural cinematic flair ensures the smooth transition from text to screen in a story that Mac Gudgeon has scripted with a sparse, raw, slow-burning dynamic.
Cris Kennedy
Screenwize
August 10, 2009
Solid Aussie filmmaking elevated by its capable cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
July 10, 2009
Weaving has a brilliant instinct for playing damaged men, as he did in Little Fish. Kev is a heartbreaking character, a hard-shelled survivor. Weaving captures all his brittleness, the years of damage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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