The Last Movie Star

Critics 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.

Cast

Burt Reynolds
as Vic Edwards
Todd Vittum
as Buddy Blump
Amy Hoerler
as Nurse Amy
Brittany Bell
as Beautiful Woman #5
Jason Benjamin
as Nashville Cop
Rose Bianco
as Vic's Mom
Walter James Billingham II
as Film Festival Patron
Walter James Billingham II
as Film Festival Patron
Kent Booker
as Film Festival Patron
Will Buie Jr.
as 8 Yr Old Vic
Marcy Conway
as Nashville/LA Traveler
Shelby Courtney
as Waitress #2
Chesta Drake
as Woman in Grocery Store
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Critic Reviews for The Last Movie Star

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (11)

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

    April 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.

    March 31, 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.

    March 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.

    March 29, 2018 | Full Review…

    Scott Tobias

    NPR
    Top Critic
  • Thanks to its star's all-in commitment, the overtly maudlin film works better than it should ...

    March 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.

    March 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Last Movie Star

  • Dec 16, 2019
    There are moments in this movie that are cringeworthy; scenes that feel amateurish and lacking any chemistry between the cast. But, by the end of the Last Movie Star I was emotionally overwhelmed by its pathos. Burt Reynolds was always an outstanding actor. Even when he was starring in formulaic movies made with one purpose in mind: open strong because word of mouth was surely not gong to help grosses by week two. Here, Reynolds summons up his ability to connect with the camera like only movie stars can. By the time the movie is over it's difficult not to appreciate this under-budgeted tribute to a real movie star.
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