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Latter Days Reviews

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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Arizona Republic
June 18, 2004
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 3, 2004
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
April 2, 2004
Renders its gay and religious characters so stereotypical that neither lifestyle appears attractive.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 2, 2004
It's a winning, heartfelt and conflicted piece where the conflicts often resolve themselves in surprising ways.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 2, 2004
A coming-of-age, coming-out, romantic comedy, religious intolerance flick, and if that sounds a bit crowded, that's because it is.
| Original Score: C-
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 2, 2004
A fairly flat, predictable tale.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 12, 2004
It's more melodrama than drama or love story, and Cox, who wrote Sweet Home Alabama, seems to have never met a stereotype he didn't like.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 12, 2004
It's timely, not to mention refreshing, to see an affirmation of true love over hot sex, along with a reminder that the two aren't necessarily mutually exclusive.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 12, 2004
Such a well-meaning but unambitious work that it's tempting to take it seriously even as you dismiss it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Charles Ealy
Dallas Morning News
February 26, 2004
Despite the inherent clichés, Latter Days manages to rise above its formulaic plot, mainly because of the assured performance by Mr. Sandvoss.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
February 20, 2004
A well-intentioned but horribly trite drama about acceptance and fulfillment that plays like an after-school special with naughty words and sex thrown in.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
February 18, 2004
Although a good deal of what happens is predictable, the writer-director C. Jay Cox makes much of it pleasant.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 13, 2004
Everyone in this movie has been ordered off the shelf from the Stock Characters Store, and none of them wandered in from real life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
February 12, 2004
Surprisingly dowdy-looking, shot more like a scruffy little naturalistic slice of alternative L.A. life than the star-crossed lover's daydream it mostly is.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
February 8, 2004
Cox's screenplay, while occasionally lapsing into the sort of cliches endemic to so many gay-themed films, generally treats its unusual subject matter with dignity and complexity, and the characters are well-drawn and sympathetic.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
January 30, 2004
At once romantic, earthy and socially critical, Latter Days is a dynamic film filled with humor and pathos.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 29, 2004
Cox, who wrote Sweet Home Alabama, again trades heavily in stereotype and coincidence for his directing debut.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
January 29, 2004
This gay romantic melodrama draws on an unconscionable number of conventions, but works in the end because of its commitment to its characters and a handful of fine performances.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
January 28, 2004
Though the film covers familiar queer-cinema ground, Latter Days' finely observed truths about the painful costs of being yourself make even the contrivance of its happy ending forgivable.
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Ed Halter
Village Voice
January 27, 2004
Pilots its culture-challenging raison d'être through an increasingly insufferable collection of gaysploitation conventions.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 20, 2004
This sitcom setup is as bad as it sounds, and Cox never really surmounts it.