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The Final Member Reviews

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Simon Abrams
April 18, 2014
One can't really fault Bekhor and Math for trying to entertain rather than educate viewers. But their carnival barker callousness is really disturbing ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
April 24, 2014
Even though the running time is short, the movie feels stretched out. Perhaps the curious subject matter would have been better served in, er, short form.
John Fink
The Film Stage
June 6, 2016
Each revelation is stranger and more fascinating than the next.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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
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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Heather Baysa
Village Voice
April 16, 2014
This film demonstrates the supreme emotional effectiveness of a simple quest narrative.
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
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
Simon Foster
June 27, 2013
The directors take a very matter-of-fact approach to the subject and that goes a long way to saving The Final Member from just being a silly, giggly, boys-own joke.
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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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
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 13, 2012
This project isn't intended to mock or titillate anybody, but to depict with sincerity and good humor the story of one man's quest.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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.
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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
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
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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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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+
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
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 22, 2013
Like any good Christopher Guest mockumentary, it's full of oddball characters who take something way more seriously than they should, and it pulls up just shy of openly making fun of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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