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Last Days Reviews

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine
November 19, 2013
Last Days is a strange creature: it's an extremely abbreviated biopic with zero details, a tribute to a man and his music without a trace of his songs, a tragedy without an arc, etc. It's also dynamite artistry.
Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 7, 2012
Wandering in a narcoleptic stupor, Pitt's junkie rock star is as much lost soul as tortured genius, and Van Sant refrains from tacky pop theorising or tired rock-crit veneration.
| Original Score: 5/5
Erica Abeel
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
The film will likely divide viewers, striking many as a self-indulgent wallow, others as a rewarding envelope-pusher. In fact, it combines elements of both.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 28, 2006
Unpleasant but hypnotic lyrical meditation on death that was inspired by the suicide in 1994 of grunge rocker Kurt Cobain.
Full Review | Original Score: B

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 11, 2005
Don't send out the condolences just yet. The movie isn't about the director's death--if anything, it proves that Van Sant is very much alive.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
October 31, 2005
Cinematographer Harris Savides manages to make these ... disintegrating environments and souls darkly beautiful. [But] Blake is a messiah ... dying for no one but himself.
| Original Score: B
October 26, 2005
Ne réinventant pas l'approche de sa série, Gus Van Sant nous offre plutôt avec Last Days une uvre qui effectue brillamment la synthèse des deux opus précédents.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 14, 2005
One can find real beauty in Last Days ... but very little to enjoy.
| Original Score: B
Peter Sobczynski
September 10, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
September 8, 2005
For those open to the experience, it's a spellbinding, hypnotic masterpiece.
| Original Score: 4/4
Joe Utichi
September 4, 2005
At the cinema it's an overextended and somewhat frustrating experience, but its real achievement is that it provokes thought in the hours and days following.
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve O'Hagan
Empire Magazine
September 2, 2005
A beguiling work of some beauty, this is a further move into a world of hypnotic, observational cinema for Gus Van Sant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 30, 2005
A sad and lonely portrait about death, Gus Van Sant's Last Days is almost a voyeuristic experience
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
August 17, 2005 you're witnessing someone's final moments through the eyes of a waiting angel...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Brandon Judell
New York Theatre Wire
August 14, 2005
[A] meditative masterpiece. Now how you'll greet a film with no plot, depends upon your partiality toward experimental cinema and the self-indulgence of a heroin-addicted icon
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 12, 2005
Last Days will cast a poetic spell on some viewers, as it did this one, and will seem mind-sappingly boring to others.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 12, 2005
Last Days is director Gus Van Sant's meditation on the death of Kurt Cobain, and an extraordinary meditation it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 12, 2005
Last Days offers some insight into Cobain's final frame of mind, but balks at the gates of deeper truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 12, 2005
Gus Van Sant ventures into the valley of death steering by an idiosyncratic compass and forsaking the aid of a conventional cinematic map.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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