Late Night Reviews

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July 28, 2020
Where Late Night goes off the rails is in its last third, which feels entirely disconnected from what precedes it.
September 24, 2019
There's an odd cynicism running through Late Night that has less to do with being who you are and more to do with being the person everyone wants to you to be.
September 23, 2019
How devastating for a movie that is meant to be topical to feel like it has been on the shelf for a while.
September 14, 2019
The material just isn't there.
August 21, 2019
Unfortunately, Late Night has little to offer beyond Thompson's wardrobe, and of course Thompson herself.
August 18, 2019
There wouldn't be a single minute of 30 Rock or Parks & Recreation that isn't funnier and more relevant than this film and its fumbling attempt to pursue a "woke" agenda about diversity, gender equality glass ceilings and male privilege...Groan-worthy.
August 9, 2019
Late Night's message is curiously belated and the direction and screenplay lack distinction from similar comedies. It is good fun before the clichés mount.
August 7, 2019
I'm willing to accept this as an accurate picture of how comedians can be -- which is not to say that the accuracy makes Late Night any funnier.
July 2, 2019
This misstep of a movie is more of a disservice to unique voices because it's burdened with insincerity.
June 20, 2019
Eventually the real-world story gives way to sitcom-y improbability.... Nothing is 'skewered'; 'poked meekly' is more like it.
June 20, 2019
On certain topics the film is as timely as hell. Alas, in other important areas it feels tired, cliched and passe.
June 20, 2019
...a sitcom-like endeavor that's rife with inauthentic, hopelessly melodramatic elements.
June 18, 2019
The humor never rises above a polite chuckle, its insights are surface level, and it never gives the audience a reason to care about its story.
June 18, 2019
It can't quite pull off the balancing act of being a workplace comedy, a witty and pointed satire, and a cosy rom-com.
June 17, 2019
If it had been released in, say, the late '80s/early '90s, "Late Night" might've had more heft. But while its social insights are certainly appreciated and occasionally sharp, mostly this is old news. "Broadcast News," released in 1987, had more bite.
June 17, 2019
Late Night is very aware of needing to earn the privilege of our time, but it doesn't quite earn the privilege of our laughter.
June 17, 2019
Thompson is given a rewarding and meaty role playing a late night talk show host, except "Late Night" gets boggled down by its relentless need to hammer its message down our throats over and over.
June 16, 2019
It's just not that funny, and a good supporting cast suffers as a result, too. That includes John Lithgow, a superb Amy Ryan, Hugh Dancy and Ike Barinholz.
June 15, 2019
More "woke" than funny.
June 14, 2019
The result feels pretty toothless, with the blandness extending to the film's flat style. This is the cinematic equivalent of a self-congratulatory late-night routine.
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