The Last Black Man in San Francisco Reviews

October 25, 2019
While Talbot and Fails avoid turning their homespun homesick story into an unwieldy and self-important metaphor for Black American Experience in total, creeping bloat makes itself felt elsewhere.
October 23, 2019
The Last Black Man in San Francisco has a bad case of whimsicality. There is no cure for this except sour lemons, which Joe Talbot's film invites critics to throw.
July 5, 2019
Here is a film that's so pretentious, so manipulative, and so full of itself that its powerful message is lost among the chaos.
July 3, 2019
[It] is artfully made but feels hollow and manipulative.
July 3, 2019
Despite director Joe Talbot's best intentions, it lacks political teeth or convincing texture and becomes instead a kind of satire of itself.
June 21, 2019
But with the film refusing to place any blame, it's ultimately unclear why its story needed to be told.
June 20, 2019
For a while it coasts along on its succession of hypnotic images, but ultimately its wooziness becomes wearying.
June 11, 2019
It's the sort of movie Wes Anderson would make if Wes Anderson made a movie about gentrification.
June 3, 2019
Fails has handed over to Talbot the intricate and fragile treasures of a lifetime, and Talbot has melted them down and reshaped them into something smooth, shiny, and hollow.
February 19, 2019
What I've seen, and what I'm pretty sure will come to other viewers, is a film whose brightest moments do the unforgiving work of carrying its weakest elements.
February 5, 2019
This is the announcement of a visually talented artist (Talbot), a visionary DP (Newport-Berra), and two incredible actors (Fails and Majors), but a very clunky script.
February 2, 2019
A beautiful score from Emile Mosseri and some memorable lensing from Adam Newport-Berra do quite a bit for a story that never really becomes a story.
February 1, 2019
The Last Black Man in San Francisco is far too long for this kind of abstract art piece. At 2 hours I grew bored with all the shouting and what was supposed to be revelatory felt exhausting