The Last Word Reviews

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March 1, 2019
This is an absolute hoot and also offers inspiring insights on life, taking risks, and changing for the better.
December 20, 2018
Although the movie doesn't exactly have much of an original voice, it still has a very big heart.
December 19, 2018
It might take a little bit of extra effort to find The Last Word, but the cinematic experience and Maclaine's wonderful performance is well worth the journey.
December 20, 2017
Rather than spend undue attention on these elements, Pellington works his magic by tapping into the talents of his leads. Both MacLaine and Seyfried use their eyes and the act of watching to reveal who these women truly are.
October 6, 2017
This has some sweet and funny moments but, at others, feels contrived, clunky and way too long.
September 12, 2017
It manages to avoid being too formulaic.
August 29, 2017
Director Mark Pellington knows how to pace a scene, to trust his actors, and let character unfold. Writer Stuart Ross Fink writes interaction that captures the personality without overdoing the point.
July 11, 2017
A bracingly cynical set-up is slightly betrayed by a treacly ending, but redeemed by the cast, especially the watchable Seyfried and MacLaine, who has the same glint in her eyes that she had in 1960 in The Apartment.
July 8, 2017
Even as individual moments of The Last Word may find you rolling your eyes, its central performance rivets attention from first to last.
July 7, 2017
The end is moving, but there's acid fun on the way.
July 7, 2017
A tear-jerking affair that feels like a modern version of Scrooge.
July 6, 2017
This well-intentioned tale serves more as a star vehicle for MacLaine than as a moving or amusing comedy-drama.
June 28, 2017
You can't help but respond to the sense of poignancy that MacLaine brings to the role.
May 10, 2017
MacLaine is the only reason this movie works.
March 29, 2017
One of the few comedies about the challenges of creating a legacy at the end of life.
March 24, 2017
While it's tempting to dismiss the project as a cutesy cookie-cutter showcase designed to capitalize on the good will of a grand star, MacLaine is brilliant, even when the material isn't quite worthy of her. Or her director.
March 23, 2017
If not for the patron saint of spunky dames, Shirley MacLaine, there would be little to recommend The Last Word, a comedy-drama that -- except for MacLaine's quicksilver performance -- goes exactly where you expect it to go.
March 23, 2017
It's all pretty predictable, but MacLaine and Seyfried, alone and together, have their moments. The two actresses compensate with passion and professionalism in this paint-by-numbers crowd-pleaser.
March 23, 2017
One day, there will be the time to look back at MacLaine's career and this film will help recall her work fondly even in a movie that has so many writing problems.
March 16, 2017
MacLaine sinks her teeth into the limp material with the ferocity of a Jack Russell, shaking it from side to side until the stuffing litters every scene...
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