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Last Orders Reviews

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Jeremiah Kipp
Matinee Magazine
February 15, 2002
Just the sort of lazy tearjerker that gives movies about ordinary folk a bad name.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
February 12, 2002
The carload of codgers in Fred Schepisi's Last Orders merely bellyache, philosophize, crack unfunny jokes, and ruminate simplemindedly about Death.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 15, 2002
A ho-hum male weepie/road comedy.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 1, 2002
An enervated, overly muted drama that should have been a lot livelier, considering the terrific cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
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
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
February 13, 2002
Sloppily sentimental, dreary nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
January 27, 2002
It should be interesting, it should be poignant, it turns out to be affected and boring.
| Original Score: 2/4
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
December 7, 2001
All the small moments and flashbacks don't add up to much more than trite observations on the human condition.
George Wu
culturevulture.net
December 31, 2001
Manages to show life in all of its banality when the intention is quite the opposite.
Erica Abeel
Film Journal International
January 26, 2002
Even these old pros ... fail to lift a leaden balloon of a movie.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
February 26, 2002
Like most trips to bountiful, end of the line pilgrimages make for winsomely plodding fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 13, 2002
Though the book runs only about 300 pages, it is so densely packed ... that even an ambitious adaptation and elaborate production like Mr. Schepisi's seems skimpy and unclear.
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Shifting points of view, subjective experience, and fluid chronology come easily to literature but get befuddled in the transition to the screen.
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle
March 31, 2002
While the flashback structure through which the surviving characters relive the past may have worked in the novel, it doesn't work here on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 30, 2002
The film, like its characters, is limited by a provincial self-absorption.
| Original Score: 3/5
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
[A] classy but dry, lackluster trip down memory lane...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 1, 2002
Because I share history and memories with these actors, it is easy to stand at the bar with their characters as they regard the urn of ashes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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