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The Final Member Reviews

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John Fink
The Film Stage
June 6, 2016
Each revelation is stranger and more fascinating than the next.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Cameron Meier
Orlando Weekly
August 14, 2015
One might expect this film to be nothing but R-rated silliness. Well, it's definitely R-rated, but it has a serious and even touching side.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Zach Hollwedel
Under the Radar
August 15, 2014
At 75 minutes, The Final Member is robust with entertainment, if somewhat short on length, which [proves] the old adage: it's not the size that matters, but how you use it.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Daniel Walber
June 3, 2014
It has the relentless charm of a great cult film, and should be seen that way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
April 25, 2014
The world's only penis museum is no joke, but there's plenty funny (and enlightening, and poignant) in this sweet portrait of a man dedicated to completing his life's work.
Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist
April 18, 2014
Peculiar as the tale is, it never gets in the way of itself and The Final Member ultimately reflects on how we choose to live our life, and even more, how we want it to be remembered.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
April 18, 2014
That Jonah Bekhor and Zack Math's The Final Member isn't a sniggering, 72-minute dick joke is an achievement in and of itself. That it's a genuinely moving portrait of men attempting to secure remarkable.
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
April 18, 2014
An odd but interesting documentary. More than anything to do with biology or sexuality, (the film) is most revealing of our human desire for immortality.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 17, 2014
The subject of an eccentric new documentary, the Icelandic Phallological Museum is devoted to preserving the male genitalia of mammals.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
April 17, 2014
The idea of a documentary about a penis museum is sufficient to entice a viewing out of sheer curiosity. You'll stay for the deeply humane portrait of men desperate to leave a lasting imprint.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
April 17, 2014
A little slow and a whole heap surreal, "The Final Member" documents the search for that last specimen with a twinkle in its eye and warmth in its tone.
Jason Gorber
April 17, 2014
There's a confidence and swagger to the film that speaks of far more experience with this type of story telling.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News
April 17, 2014
[C]ould easily be nothing but snickers and mockery, but the directors offer a work filled with warmth, humor and humanism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve
April 17, 2014
Directors Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math favor a deadpan, clear-eyed, strikingly simple approach that brings out both the humor and the pathos in the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Charles Ealy
Austin American-Statesman
April 17, 2014
The cinematography of the Icelandic countryside is gorgeous, and Hjartarson turns out to be surprisingly likable. But this movie clearly isn't suitable for everyone.
Read More | Original Score: B-
Josh Kupecki
Austin Chronicle
April 17, 2014
What could have been a puerile joke becomes something much more emotionally poignant in the hands of directors Bekhor and Math.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Kenigsberg
AV Club
April 17, 2014
The Final Member boasts a stranger-than-fiction subject so odd and funny it almost couldn't miss. But Bekhor and Math make the film much more than a limp gag.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Heather Baysa
Village Voice
April 16, 2014
This film demonstrates the supreme emotional effectiveness of a simple quest narrative.
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
April 15, 2014
A potential barroom joke blossoms into a surprisingly poignant portrait of three aging men wrestling with how to shed their mortal coil.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
January 23, 2014
Hjartarson is a filmmaker's dream: a low-key character with a wonderfully dry sense of humour. But he is also a social scientist, a man passionate about completing his museum collection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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