The Last Detail Reviews

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Top Critic
Keith Uhlich
Time Out
April 3, 2013
Nicholson's cigar-chomping, profanity-spouting grunt is one of the greatest incarnations of stunted machismo onscreen, and he's brilliantly complemented by Quaid's picture-perfect awkwardness and Young's bracing cynicism.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
April 2, 2013
The film has an engagingly profane, scruffy looseness, a hallmark of Hal Ashby and Robert Towne's careers, that undermines the conventions of the narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
January 13, 2011
Hal Ashby's gritty and profane serio comedy is one of his best films, featuring a towering performance from Jack Nicholson.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Gabe Leibowitz
eCinemaCenter.com
October 1, 2010
The interaction, dialogue, and parent/child-esque relationships are very well done, if somewhat repetitive.
Full Review | Original Score: 65/100
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
July 17, 2010
O trio principal, beneficiado pela abordagem quase documental de Ashby, ajuda a construir um filme que conquista pela dinâmica dos personagens e sua camaradagem crescente em um mundo de autoritarismo e injustiças.
| Original Score: 5/5
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
April 18, 2008
A classic Jack performance.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
October 31, 2007
A tough-talking, sparely directed effort by Hal Ashby, with an immaculate performance by Jack Nicholson.
Jon Fortgang
Film4
October 31, 2007
Relentless, profane, cynical and bitterly funny, this still ranks among the best work by Nicholson and Ashby. An exhilarating trip from start to finish.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 31, 2007
Ashby's direction is superlative, as is his use of music to help secure the mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
October 31, 2007
Salty, bawdy, hilarious and very touching.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
June 16, 2006
Classic Nicholson + classic Robert Towne script = '70s classic
| Original Score: 5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
One can't help feeling that the criticism of modern America hits out at all too easy targets in a vague and muffled manner.
Clint Morris
Moviehole
January 24, 2006
Nicholson is outstanding, Quaid is compelling
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 23, 2005
One of the best films of (and about) the 1970s.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
The Last Detail is one superbly funny, uproariously intelligent performance, plus two others that are very, very good, which are so effectively surrounded by profound bleakness that it seems to be a new kind of anti-comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
June 25, 2003
A 'talky' film without much to say.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 30, 2002
Holds up far, far better than Five Easy Pieces.
| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Von Doviak
culturevulture.net
September 26, 2001
Nicholson delivers one of the most ferociously energetic performances of his career.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
February 18, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 13, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
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