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Last Orders Reviews

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Philip French
October 11, 2010
Schepisi always handles actors sympathetically and here he has a perfect cast, most of whom can draw on their own and their parents' experiences.
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David Stratton
March 27, 2009
Delicately handled and superbly textured, this fine adaptation of Graham Swift's Booker Prize-winning novel deals with all the really big subjects: love, friendship, death, life.
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
[A] classy but dry, lackluster trip down memory lane...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alan Morrison
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Ambitious in structure and casting, it packs a lot into its screen time. Quality craftsmanship for a discerning crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
One of the most rewarding and authentic depictions of/tributes to the Cockney way of life in recent years.
Michael Dequina
Film Threat
December 11, 2004
By film's end one feels as if they have indeed taken a long trip with these people -- and along the way has grown to know and care about them.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Tom Grealis
RTÉ (Ireland)
February 13, 2003
'Last Orders' has class stamped all over it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael Dequina
December 8, 2002
By film's end one feels as if they have indeed taken a long trip with these people -- and along the way has grown to know and care about them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matthew Turner
October 30, 2002
Fred Schepisi's latest film is based on Graham Swift's Booker prize-winning novel and has a great cast, but is ultimately rather slow moving and dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
August 28, 2002
Old people will love this movie, and I mean that in the nicest possible way: Last Orders will touch the heart of anyone old enough to have earned a 50-year friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
August 22, 2002
Fred Schepisi's tale of four Englishmen facing the prospect of their own mortality views youthful affluence not as a lost ideal but a starting point.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 15, 2002
Gathering its forces slowly, this careful, thoughtful film, quietly but deeply moving, is dramatic without seeming to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Clark
Matinee Magazine
August 11, 2002
You'd think a movie with Bob Hoskins, Michael Caine, Helen Mirren and Tom Courtenay couldn't be all bad, but you'd be wrong.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
A movie I loved on first sight and, even more important, love in remembrance.
| Original Score: 4/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
July 4, 2002
Last Orders nurtures the multi-layers of its characters, allowing us to remember that life's ultimately a gamble and last orders are to be embraced. It's affecting, amusing, sad and reflective.
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
June 7, 2002
Portrays the unvarnished nature of friendships: mean and spiteful, petty and begrudging, needy and loving.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/5
June 7, 2002
A beautiful movie about everyday people that seem so real they could be your neighbors. It's like being invited round to the pub for a couple of pints with some mates.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 5, 2002
Schepisi has never made a better film, and if he never makes one anywhere nearly this good again, this more than justifies the occasional clinker in his filmography.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
June 5, 2002
If only Schepisi didn't spend the movie pulling his punches and pouring on the phony uplift, Last Orders could have been a contender.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 2, 2002
Compelling drama.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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