Last Days Reviews

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March 14, 2018
Van Sant brings a lyricism, a dreamy sensibility that infuses his detachment with sympathy. Last Days, which is informed by the suicide of Kurt Cobain, is a hauntingly beautiful tone poem.
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.
August 30, 2005
While undeniably beautiful, it carries little more than the obvious voyeuristic appeal.
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.
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.
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.
August 12, 2005
Last Days is director Gus Van Sant's meditation on the death of Kurt Cobain, and an extraordinary meditation it is.
August 12, 2005
Last Days offers some insight into Cobain's final frame of mind, but balks at the gates of deeper truth.
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.
August 12, 2005
It's all terribly self-conscious and desperately arty and fairly bad.
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.)
August 11, 2005
This movie, depending on what you do with it, can be boring, brilliant or both.
August 11, 2005
If you're going to make a movie about Kurt Cobain, you might as well make a movie about Kurt Cobain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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