Last Orders Reviews

August 7, 2008
[A] classy but dry, lackluster trip down memory lane...
May 20, 2003
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.
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.
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.
May 30, 2002
The film, like its characters, is limited by a provincial self-absorption.
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.
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.
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.
March 1, 2002
An enervated, overly muted drama that should have been a lot livelier, considering the terrific cast.
February 26, 2002
Like most trips to bountiful, end of the line pilgrimages make for winsomely plodding fare.
February 15, 2002
A ho-hum male weepie/road comedy.
February 15, 2002
Just the sort of lazy tearjerker that gives movies about ordinary folk a bad name.
February 13, 2002
Sloppily sentimental, dreary nonsense.
February 12, 2002
The carload of codgers in Fred Schepisi's Last Orders merely bellyache, philosophize, crack unfunny jokes, and ruminate simplemindedly about Death.
January 27, 2002
It should be interesting, it should be poignant, it turns out to be affected and boring.
January 26, 2002
Even these old pros ... fail to lift a leaden balloon of a movie.
December 31, 2001
Manages to show life in all of its banality when the intention is quite the opposite.
December 7, 2001
All the small moments and flashbacks don't add up to much more than trite observations on the human condition.