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Last Resort (2000)

tomatometer

94

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 70
Fresh: 66 | Rotten: 4

Critics are raving about Last Resort, saying it's a convincing, touching tale. Particularly impressive is the lack of script during the film's shoot.

100

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 0

Critics are raving about Last Resort, saying it's a convincing, touching tale. Particularly impressive is the lack of script during the film's shoot.

audience

84

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Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 1,277

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Last Resort opens as Tanya (Dina Korzun), a young Russian traveling to England with her son Artiom (Artiom Strelnikov), is questioned at a British airport's passport control. Tanya tells the official she is visiting England on a vacation, but then switches her story and says that her English fiancÚ is meeting her, and finally, out of desperation, asks for political asylum. She and Artiom are duly packed off to an immigrants' center in a grim coastal town, where they are given a small apartment

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All Critics (76) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (66) | Rotten (4)

One of the few films to get at the ways in which single mothers and their sons alternate being authority figures.

September 26, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
New York Magazine
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Dramatically low-key, Last Resort is beautifully acted, with striking realism.

March 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Gives grim and gritty a good name.

March 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Moving and eerily beautiful.

March 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Pawlikowski ... renders the events of Last Resort so unsentimentally that they unfold with the authenticity of an affecting documentary.

March 1, 2001
Detroit Free Press
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Obliquely affecting.

February 23, 2001
Seattle Times
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The intimate, unadorned performances add a realistic immediacy to entire piece.

February 11, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Pawlikowski and his cast have been honoured for this film at festivals across the continent, the greatest award for them would be for you to watch and think.

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

A tragic but quite educational tour of the Western countries' refugee process.

March 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Offoffoff
Offoffoff

An unabashed, if subdued ode to star-crossed lovers everywhere.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

What was missing for me was a story that was engaging or interesting.

September 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Supercala.com
Supercala.com

This quiet film gains its power from small moments and unforced, convincing performances.

August 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Lawrence Journal-World
Lawrence Journal-World

"Last Resort" does not have the feel of a fictional piece, but instead appears to be unfolding as the events occur.

December 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Baseline.Hollywood.com
Baseline.Hollywood.com

Writer/director Pawel Pawlikowski strikes a wonderful balance between pathos and tenderness.

November 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf
Movie Boeuf

Effortlessly burrows beneath the surface of quietly desperate lives and finds the humanity within.

April 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

A remarkably thoughtful and disturbing work.

April 16, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC

Sets itself apart with confident, stylized directing that perfectly suits the gritty performances.

April 12, 2001
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Pavlikovsky ... does a great job wielding his handheld camera to make this film feel like a documentary.

April 9, 2001 Full Review
Planet Sick-Boy

Sometimes it takes a long day's journey into night to see ourselves clearly and realize it is time to change our lives.

April 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

From Polish writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski comes a poignant Sad Sack tale of a young Russian mother and her son cast adrift on foreign shores.

March 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

"Last Resort" fits well into any big city theater, but won't entertain, nor interest most escapist audiences.

March 26, 2001
Cinema Sight

In addition to imbuing Last Resort with a convincingly gritty atmosphere, director Pawlikowski also loads the film with several fascinatingly seedy characters.

March 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

Throughout, the film captures that certain gloomy England of urban decay and rain, which makes Tanya's plight all the more emotional.

March 18, 2001 Full Review Source: Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies

A sobering and superbly realised portrait of a self-satisfied nation.

March 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Last Resort

I can?t get enough of Paddy Considine, this tragic love story is one of a very topical theme. I?m sure it won?t be to everyone?s taste, because of the politics of the theme and it?s quite a slow moving plot, but performance wise all three main characters were supurb.
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