Last Night


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

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Critic Reviews for Last Night

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (19)

The film is as shiny and thin as a coat of nail varnish, but beguilingly photographed...

Jun 5, 2011 | Full Review…
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A small-scale, indulgent but worthwhile movie from writer-director Massy Tadjedin about infidelity, jealousy and the quarter-life crisis.

Jun 2, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

Jun 1, 2011 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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

May 27, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

May 13, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

May 12, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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

Super Reviewer


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

Super Reviewer

Joanna(Kiera Knightley) and Michael(Sam Worthington) are 7 years into their happy relationship when one night threatens to take it all down. Michael is away on a business trip, when he is tempted to have an affair with a coworker, Laura(Eva Mendes). While away, Joanna finds herself in a similar situation with an ex lover, Alex(Guillaume Canet). It's a movie about a married couples choices during one night apart. For the most part, it's a four person conversational movie. Lots of dialogue that helps set and move the story along while taking place during one single night. The four performances by the leads are all very well done. Knightley can sometimes be over the top or annoying in dramas, but here she is understated and does a great job. Same goes for Worthington, most times he is wooden, but not here. A lot of people will probably find this kind of boring since it's a dialogue heavy movie with little action. But when movies like this are interesting and engaging, I find them to be just as good a quality of movie. Emily enjoyed it, and it's hard for a movie to impress her:-) Give it a shot if your in the mood for a good drama with great performances.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

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