Last Night (2011)



Critic Consensus: Last Night doesn't opt for easy answers, but the framework and characters overall are too slight and plain to be compelling.

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Set in New York City, Last Night is the story of a married couple that while apart for one night, is confronted by temptation that may decide the fate of their marriage. Joanna (Academy Award(R) nominee Keira Knightley) and Michael Reed (Sam Worthington) are 7 years into a successful and happy relationship. They are moving along in their lives together until Joanna meets Laura (Eva Mendes), the stunningly beautiful work colleague whom Michael never mentioned. While Michael is away with Laura on a business trip, Joanna runs into an old but never quite forgotten love, Alex (Guillaume Canet) and agrees to have drinks with him. As the night progresses and temptation increases for the couple, each must confront who they are inside and outside of their relationship. Last Night is ultimately a film about choices - the choice you make to be with someone, to give yourself physically and emotionally, and how to survive all three. --(c) Tribeca
R (for some language)
Drama , Romance
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Keira Knightley
as Joanna Reed
Sam Worthington
as Michael Reed
Eva Mendes
as Laura
Guillaume Canet
as Alex Mann
Griffin Dunne
as Truman
Scott Adsit
as Stuart
Rae Ritke
as Barbara
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Critic Reviews for Last Night

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (17)

'Last Night' is an empty exercise in sheer self-regard, a tedious, lifeless trawl through the secret lives of the rich and beautiful.

Full Review… | May 31, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Forget about sex or adultery -- there isn't enough life in Last Night.

Full Review… | May 26, 2011
Globe and Mail
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Tadjedin banks on the power of telling, familiar moments, betting that viewers will recognize the heartache at the center of a fleeting expression or hurried action. For the most part, her gamble pays off.

Full Review… | May 12, 2011
Washington Post
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It's the sort of movie that thinks cutting between two different stories makes it art. Usually, it feels like an exercise in art. There's a lot of calisthenics but very little beauty or truth or whatever it is the movie is going for.

Full Review… | May 12, 2011
Boston Globe
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Will Michael succumb and prove Joanna correct in her suspicions? Will Alex's French accent conquer all? Do you care? I didn't.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
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Massy Tadjedin's intimate directorial debut takes a spare, thoughtful approach to relationships.

Full Review… | May 5, 2011
New York Daily News
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Audience Reviews for Last Night


An honest though unimpressive movie with decent performances, especially Keira Knightley, who shines in this story of doubt, desire and betrayal. Still, it is too bad that after ninety minutes of slow build-up it simply doesn't offer a real pay-off.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Will be too slow for some, but I liked this movie. I think any one in a marriage who ever wondered what if? will relate to this. Definitely not a feel good, but well acted and thought provoking.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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A rare movie in which the middle section is the most compelling part. Unsurprisingly, this makes for a ho-hum experience all together.

Jason Robinson
Jason Robinson

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