Last Flag Flying Reviews

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September 26, 2019
Last Flag Flying only flirts with these difficult themes, never really going far with them. There's something a little...well, 'fraidy cat about that.
April 16, 2019
The pacing and motivation is so off-kilter that we never connect to the players in the first place.
January 31, 2019
For most of its duration, Last Flag Flying felt more like a banal film rather than a Linklater's film.
October 28, 2018
Cast beside the shaggy shadow of Hal Ashby's imperfect 1973 film The Last Detail, Richard Linklater's Last Flag Flying seems dwarfed and lost.
June 2, 2018
The problem, for me, is that much of the talk in "Last Flag Flying" feels too mannered...Cranston, in particular, tends to overplay Sal to the point, at times, almost of parody.
May 3, 2018
While primarily a slow, sombre affair by necessity, the film often draws its narrative out - and can't always find the balance between its dramatic, contemplative and occasionally comedic tones.
March 5, 2018
Last Flag Flying isn't a bad film in any way, but perhaps failed, above all, because it's a lesser entry into [Richard] Linklater's career.
January 26, 2018
But Last Flag Flying disappoints. By comparison to The Last Detail, it's bland and underpowered, with a script that lacks the earlier movie's poetry or razory wit. And on its own terms it struggles.
January 25, 2018
A sort of grumpy-old-man comedy that looks as if it could have been directed by anyone.
January 25, 2018
What a bland and sugary texture there is to this very conservative, undemanding oldster roadtrip.
January 24, 2018
Linklater's deft touch seems to have left him for this project.
December 27, 2017
Last Flag Flying lacks the organic flow of Linklater's earlier gems, and its profound anti-war sentiment is lost in a script that seems more concerned with spoon feeding the audience some grand platitudes.
December 20, 2017
This road picture's many detours, the stuff that should be right in Linklater's wheelhouse, mostly feel, well, like vexing delays.
December 11, 2017
If a viewer isn't familiar with The Last Detail then Last Flag Flying gets by as an okay grumpy old soldiers tragicomedy. The rest of us know better because we've seen far better.
December 8, 2017
Indeed, the ending, somewhat enigmatic and oddly abrupt, brings to bear a peculiar plot element that frankly could have more or less resolved practically everything else in the film had it only come a few days earlier, as it clearly should have.
December 1, 2017
For a long two hours, Linklater seemingly surrenders to a sort of bland nostalgia that encompasses dull cinematography, sterile acoustic-guitar music, formless scenes that last too long, and exposition that often makes little real sense.
November 27, 2017
It's a pleasure to watch these actors just sit and be together, but I'd be overly generous if I said it was especially memorable or even dramatic. We're left with an interesting experiment, but not much of a movie.
November 27, 2017
Some fine moments of relevancy do shine through, but 'Last Flag' ultimately flies through too many hoops in its search to find what legitimate patriotism is all about.
November 24, 2017
The film ... seems uncertain of its own unusualness as Linklater eventually opts for a piece that is little more than a road movie and its rhythm stalls.
November 22, 2017
We know where the Last Flag Flying filmmakers want to take us emotionally, but their efforts veer toward the obvious and clunky. And despite some poignant moments, the characters don't always ring true.
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