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Last Ride Reviews

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September 14, 2012
There were some clear issues with the story and characters that really needed to be addressed well before the cameras started rolling, but unfortunately director Glendyn Ivin and screenwriter Mac Gudgeon didn't do so.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 5, 2012
Ivin's film, based on a novel, becomes too melodramatic and bleakly obvious. Weaving, though, as always, is never less than magnetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
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
December 31, 2010
Father, son on a road to perdition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 28, 2012
As Kev, the veteran actor Weaving gives the performance of lifetime.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 2, 2009
Hard but poignant, Last Ride is a haunting journey.
| Original Score: 4/5
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
July 2, 2009
The first half hour or so stumbles; the movie's so determined to avoid melodrama that it's too flat and too familiar. Once father and son are out in the remote countryside, though, something clicks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 2, 2009
Weaving draws on his vast experience to show the complexities of his rugged and violent character, while also offering glimpses of the man's softer side and his genuine affection for his growing son.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 10, 2009
Solid Aussie filmmaking elevated by its capable cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
July 2, 2009
Though the script doesn't always reach its potential, visually this is a stunning film that challenges its audience.
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.
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.
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.
July 2, 2009
this is a major Australian film in what's proving to be a great year for Australian films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 2, 2009
The landscape plays a big part in this journey into darkness, this land of ours which draws the marginalised into its own sense of alienation. A tough film but a very, very good one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 2, 2009
Don't miss Last Ride. It will take you places we haven't been for some time in Australian cinema.
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