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Last Days Reviews

September 9, 2005
Van Sant's refusal to delve into his subject in anything but an abstract way renders the movie pointless and frustrating -- a lyrical, lovely tone poem, signifying little.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 13, 2005
A film about a junkie rock musician, played by Michael Pitt at his most narcissistic, doing nothing in particular for the better part of 97 minutes isn't my idea of either a good time or a serious endeavor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
August 12, 2005
While Last Days succeeds as a nature documentary, Van Sant fails to penetrate human nature. The result is a portrait without a face.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
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
August 12, 2005
It's all terribly self-conscious and desperately arty and fairly bad.
Read More | Original Score: D
August 11, 2005
Shot in long, single takes, the movie willfully tests your patience. You wish it would hurry up. Yet when it ends, it haunts you for a few days. (Well, me anyway.)
Read More | Original Score: B
August 11, 2005
This movie, depending on what you do with it, can be boring, brilliant or both.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 11, 2005
If you're going to make a movie about Kurt Cobain, you might as well make a movie about Kurt Cobain.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 11, 2005
Van Sant uses Cobain's image for a portrait of physical and moral disintegration, but he also exhilarates us with his mastery of image and sound.
Read More | Original Score: 3.4/5
August 11, 2005
Sometimes we see Blake through the window, but, as he moves around the room, often we see nothing but the far wall. Depending on your perspective, this is either incredibly gutsy or incredibly boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 11, 2005
Last Days is a definitive record of death by gradual drug exhaustion. After the chills and thrills of Sid & Nancy and The Doors, here is a movie that sees how addicts usually die, not with a bang but a whimper.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 5, 2005
In putting the onus for meaning on viewers, Van Sant has pinned the film's success to our subjectivity. It might not guarantee fondness. Yet what an extraordinary collaboration it makes.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 5, 2005
Last Days leaves a haunting impression of a man who, even at the height of his fame and adulation, was hiding in plain sight.
August 5, 2005
Watching paint dry would be better. At least the paint would be busy drying.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 5, 2005
Van Sant has given us a kind of cinema of negation. Like it or not, it's probably something we need to make room for -- if a little grudgingly.
Read More | Original Score: B
August 4, 2005
It's definitely not a conventional biopic about Kurt Cobain.
August 2, 2005
Last Days is an extraordinarily potent brew.
July 28, 2005
[Van Sant's] journey is labored but undeniably hypnotic.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 25, 2005
The problem is the first twenty-seven years of this character's life are probably a lot more interesting than the last three days.
July 25, 2005
Nor, on the other hand, is his film in the business of sanctification. It merely hints that some people, gifted or otherwise, may have had enough.
July 22, 2005
The story, told with little dialogue or action, feels like an outline awaiting shading and detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 22, 2005
Seamlessly and rather cleverly, without telling anybody, Gus Van Sant has transitioned out of important filmmaking and has taken up a new career in torture.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
July 22, 2005
Sorely lacks the angry energy and wit Cobain brought to his work.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
July 22, 2005
After an hour and a half of this, you may feel as if you're on drugs yourself. Or wish you were.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
July 22, 2005
Weird, sad and dreamy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 21, 2005
Last Days is unconventional and artistic but also ponderous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 21, 2005
Lyrical and unaccountably mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 21, 2005
Mesmerizing dream of a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 21, 2005
For those in tune with its director's loping rhythms, Last Days probes its way under the skin like a needle in search of a vein.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 21, 2005
Van Sant's startlingly beautiful and original film serves precisely to rescue Cobain from the clutches of the mawkish biopic that, sooner or later, will be made about him.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 20, 2005
There is a method to its madness, since the madness here is really Cobain's.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 19, 2005
In place of psychological clarity, Last Days affords a woozy existential coherence.
July 12, 2005
Pitt also isn't required to replicate Cobain's offstage intensity or charisma or charm or whatever he had.
May 18, 2005
Within the limitations of the role, Pitt acquits himself very well as Blake, giving a nervy, physical performance that expresses character mostly through gait, mumbled dialogue and, most importantly, music with two songs he's credited with having written.
May 13, 2005
Skips over such cinematic non-essentials as character, motivation, backstory and narrative.