The Last Movie Star (2018)

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Critic Consensus: The Last Movie Star has a few poignant moments thanks to Burt Reynolds and Ariel Winter, but their performances are stranded in a middling drama unworthy of their efforts.

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An aging movie star (Burt Reynolds) accepts an invitation to receive a lifetime achievement award at a film festival, but the ceremonies are far from the glamour he anticipated. The former star reflects on his life while accompanied by a brash millennial chauffeur (Ariel Winter) in this dramedy written and directed by Adam Rifkin.

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The Last Movie Star strikes a note of banality in its first sequence from which it rarely deviates.

Apr 2, 2018 | Full Review…

In a threadbare movie that doesn't deserve him, Burt Reynolds-playing a fictional version of himself- reminds us what a great actor he can be.

Mar 30, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

As a commentary on Reynolds' career trajectory, The Last Movie Star is hit-or-miss. What is undeniable, though, is the space Rifkin has created where Reynolds can do what Reynolds does best.

Mar 30, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Another example of Reynolds accepting the wrong invitation and winding up in a role unworthy of his stature.

Mar 29, 2018 | Full Review…
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Thanks to its star's all-in commitment, the overtly maudlin film works better than it should ...

Mar 29, 2018 | Full Review…

The director Adam Rifkin wrote this showcase for Mr. Reynolds, who, like Vic, was a college football player. "The Last Movie Star" effectively allows the ever-assured actor to score a touchdown on an empty field.

Mar 29, 2018 | Full Review…

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