Last Flag Flying Reviews

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April 27, 2018
But as a statement about the consequences of America's wars - from Vietnam to Iraq and beyond - Last Flag Flying suffers a little from its maker's preference for keeping things low key.
January 26, 2018
As funny as it is moving.
January 25, 2018
What a bland and sugary texture there is to this very conservative, undemanding oldster roadtrip.
January 23, 2018
Last Flag Flying may feel like a film out of time in the present moment, but it's a terrifically funny, deeply moving picture whose time will surely come.
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 24, 2017
While Last Flag Flying has moments of lightness and levity, it's ultimately a sombre and moving tale about the trials that life throws in our path and how we move on with a little help from our friends.
November 23, 2017
"Last Flag Flying" is about the lies we tell ourselves, the lies the government tells us, the fights we fight and how they all inform the memories we mold.
November 22, 2017
Neither an indictment nor an endorsement of war, "Last Flag Flying" reclaims patriotism as a uniter, not a divider.
November 17, 2017
While conventional in execution and its underlying anti-war/pro-soldier sentiments, "Flag" nevertheless is buttressed by a warm humanity and stirring performances from Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne and, especially, Steve Carell.
November 16, 2017
Last Flag Flying lacks the casual, lived-in realism you usually find in a Linklater film. You don't buy the men as long-separated pals, and so you don't really buy the premise the connection that caused Doc to seek out these men is not visible on screen.
November 16, 2017
As you might suspect with this cast and director Richard Linklater, Last Flag Flying is an actor's showcase.
November 15, 2017
With its well-drawn characters (a Linklater trademark) and mood of quiet restraint, "Last Flag Flying" touches the heart at a deep level.
November 10, 2017
The film winds up like both its subjects and the military they served in: sincere in its objectives, compromised in its execution.
November 10, 2017
A thoughtful meditation about war and surviving in its aftermath, Last Flag Flying avoids descending into the hell where many such movies take us and, as a result, is more hopeful and life-affirming.
November 9, 2017
It's a stand-alone film. Maybe a sequel in terms of some themes, and the general plot device of a transformative train trip. This is one of the best movies of 2017.
November 9, 2017
For its studiously modest, unassuming tone, "Last Flag Flying" is a movie of enormous humanity and heart.
November 9, 2017
Linklater is a gifted director who never gets in the way of his actors. The best moments here are the three men talking about their lives, challenging each other.
November 9, 2017
It sends the mind moving, to the links between Vietnam and Iraq, to the bonds of grief and friendship, and to what it means to serve a country and an institution that gives and takes away.
November 9, 2017
Linklater never finds a way to sustain a drama from these characters and their situation.
Top Critic
November 6, 2017
The best thing about Last Flag Flying is that Ethan Hawke is not in it. Otherwise, it's business as usual, and the business is excruciating to get through.
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