The Last Black Man in San Francisco Reviews

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July 9, 2019
The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a poetic and picturesque ode to the title city, to friendship and to the universal urge to find a place to call home.
July 9, 2019
Even though Talbot opts for a quasi-humorous approach to the subject matter, the comedic edge can't hide an underlying sadness about what this all means.
July 4, 2019
There is something irrepressibly original and exciting in the collaboration that results between Talbot, Fails and co-writer Rob Richert - a cinematic vision that feels as fresh as it does necessary.
June 21, 2019
"The Last Black Man in San Francisco" is poignant filmmaking with an invigorating spirit.
June 18, 2019
The acting by the two principals is impeccable, their portrait of male friendship is deeply felt.
June 14, 2019
It sometimes feels as if Talbot is overplaying his hand-his use of slow-motion, for instance, feels needlessly arty-but one can't deny the seriousness of his concerns or his emotional investment in the material.
June 14, 2019
This is a gorgeously shot film, alternating between images of San Francisco at its most beautiful and promising, and visuals of the lost and the homeless and the forgotten, who might as well be invisible to the techies...
June 13, 2019
In many ways it's a parable: clear yet opaque, simple yet weighty.
June 13, 2019
Even when Talbot and Fails risk unraveling the film's most cherished verities, they do so with the mesmerizing grace of a skateboard gliding down Lombard Street.
June 12, 2019
The way Talbot blends haunting imagery with a mournful score (by Emile Mosseri) is dreamlike, recalling the work of "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins.
June 12, 2019
"Last Black Man" is two hours of a feeling, one that it can't sustain through beauty alone... Still, "Last Black Man" pulses with undeniable energy and the promise of other, even better films to come.
June 11, 2019
The film's greatest virtue lies in how it portrays the city it's rhapsodizing about, and that's what Talbot's promising, large-canvas photography is best suited for.
June 7, 2019
The film captures the experience of displacement, of travelling among spheres in which you have increasingly little say or stake and trying to blend in.
June 7, 2019
Jimmie's story is a slow ballad, a tragic ode, a dirty limerick, a wistful lament and a heartbreaking elegy. It's a tribute to the notion of home that we all carry.
Top Critic
June 6, 2019
The Last Black Man is a sequence of undeniably lovely grace notes that don't always cohere. Yet the movie is held together by the progress of Jimmie's conflict with himself...
June 6, 2019
The Last Black Man in San Francisco glides from moment to meaningful moment with cumulative power and singular grace.
June 6, 2019
It would be correct to call The Last Black Man a story about gentrification, but that word hardly captures the movie's mystery and its heartbeat.
June 6, 2019
[It] is pensive and poetic, verging almost on magical realism. It's a beautiful film, sometime almost too much so.
June 5, 2019
The Last Black Man plays like a poetic portrait, part tender ode and part cartography of lived experience, bringing a nuanced and hard-earned perspective to the screen.
Top Critic
June 4, 2019
This magnificent debut often feels like something utterly new.
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