The Last 5 Years


The Last 5 Years

Critics Consensus

The Last Five Years hits a few awkward notes in its transition from stage to screen, but its freshness and sincere charm -- and well-matched stars -- offer their own rewards.



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In this adaptation of the hit musical, The Last Five Years is a musical deconstruction of a love affair and a marriage taking place over a five year period. Jamie (Jordan), a young, talented up-and-coming Jewish novelist falls in love with Cathy (Kendrick), a Shiksa Goddess and struggling actress. Their story is told almost entirely through song. All of Cathy's songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to the beginning of their love affair, while Jamie's songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage. They meet in the center when Jamie proposes. (C) TWC

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Anna Kendrick
as Cathy Hiatt
Meg Hudson
as Beautiful Girl
Natalie Knepp
as Alise Michasels

Critic Reviews for The Last 5 Years

All Critics (97) | Top Critics (32)

  • The unbalanced nature of the adaptation makes for a basically unsatisfying experience (Jamie, a jerk, gets his way with everything, and Cathy, a sweetheart, doesn't), but there are moments of real delight in the movie ...

    Dec 31, 2015 | Full Review…
  • A patchy adaptation of a Broadway musical -- think The Umbrellas of Williamsburg -- which is elevated but not entirely saved by the presence of Anna Kendrick in one of the two central roles.

    Apr 16, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • This is what Fifty Shades of Grey should have been. Only instead of whips and riding crops, the female lead must submit to infidelity and career humiliation.

    Apr 16, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Anna Kendrick, of all-round-awesome fame, is singing again in this adaptation of an off-Broadway musical.

    Apr 13, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • It doesn't help that the songs, while solid, become repetitive in melody. And there's not a home run in the bunch. I walked out humming ... nothing from this movie.

    Feb 26, 2015 | Rating: 2.0
  • It's bland, earnest, and receptive, and in order to capture it, the director Richard LaGravenese thinks he needs more crane shots than Citizen Kane.

    Feb 20, 2015 | Full Review…

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