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The Last Ride Reviews

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Serena Donadoni
indieWIRE
November 1, 2012
The 1952 El Dorado represents Williams' success as a songwriter and country singer, but it also serves as his refuge from an increasingly chaotic life.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
September 19, 2012
Henry Thomas shows he beat the child star jinx with his heartfelt portrayal of Hank Williams.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Mario Tarradell
Dallas Morning News
August 23, 2012
The Last Ride doesn't give us a complete picture of Hank Williams. But it does ably illustrate the final days of his life.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
July 26, 2012
James does a fine job of portraying a na´ve youth whose eyes slowly open to glimpse both the pleasures and the pain of living.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Leydon
Variety
June 22, 2012
Bearing all the hallmarks of a small-budget labor of love, The Last Ride is a leisurely paced but modestly engaging road trip that gets considerable mileage from the byplay between its two lead characters.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 19, 2012
It's a fascinating film that I enjoyed thoroughly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
June 19, 2012
It portrays Williams in a generally sympathetic light without whitewashing his vice-loving, belligerent ways or mythologizing them in a bid for postmortem psychoanalysis.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 25, 2011
... an evocation of an era, of a lost-highway America evidenced today only in the roadside ruins of old service stations and downtown hotels, of a South before it was swamped by leveling and homogenizing waves of globalization and television.
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
June 17, 2013
A romantic "what-if" version of the story, interesting only as a cultural artifact...dramatically inert
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
August 31, 2012
The Last Ride squanders its potential, much like its tragic subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Paul de Barros
Seattle Times
August 23, 2012
Alas, "The Last Ride" doesn't deliver much insight into Williams or the lifestyle that killed him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
June 29, 2012
Dramatically thin, formally uninspired and thematically weak, "The Last Ride" really goes nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
June 21, 2012
This one is for Hank Williams fanatics only, and Mr. Thomas puts a dark and subtle sheen on a disappointingly watery script.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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June 21, 2012
The film can't really function as a proper meditation on its subject - because he's not really its subject.
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
June 21, 2012
Alabama teen drives country-music star Hank Williams on his fatal trip to a concert in West Virginia. Squeaky-clean period tale is well-mounted but thin.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 21, 2012
Director Harry Thomason takes some unnecessary liberties in imagining Hank Williams' final days.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Matt Singer
Time Out
June 19, 2012
At least Thomas gives a suitably burned-out performance as Williams. He's almost enough to melt your cold, cold heart.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
June 18, 2012
A typical wax-museum reproduction of the American South in which every detail is Southern in bold all caps, and not a single scene over the course of the film's 102 minutes rings true.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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