The Last Word Reviews

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September 24, 2020
What we have is a film built around a character arc that we never really see play out, and while it is intermittently funny, it rings hollow as a weekly sitcom.
November 1, 2018
The Last Word is fairly generic movie where practically everything is preordained by the subgenre's convention.
December 28, 2017
"The Last Word" begins with a tart comic premise and then adds heapful after heapful of sugar until the sweetness is almost unbearable.
December 27, 2017
Each move is a telegraphed step away from the movie we started out liking.
December 22, 2017
The plot is not only predictable; it is forced, and lacks a single believable minute. MacLaine deserved so much more than this.
August 23, 2017
When a cranky older woman meets a plucky younger woman, it's a safe bet that formula will prevail.
August 22, 2017
The Last Word, ostensibly about women journalists and cranky old women, is a movie that could've paid homage to them. Instead, it just made me miss them-even more than usual.
July 11, 2017
This is a curious mix of The Blind Side, High Fidelity and A Christmas Carol.
July 9, 2017
The Last Word certainly has good intentions, but can't prevent its spiky lead character going too far with her acid tongue, or her unrealistic plans.
July 9, 2017
With its off-the-mark proclamations about the Kinks and hi-fi nerd jargon, this feels like a screenplay written by someone who once read about music on Wikipedia but prefers not to listen to it.
July 7, 2017
Cantankerous old grump teaches directionless young people about life... in a way that is totally obnoxious and not in the least bit convincing.
July 6, 2017
This isn't a very distinguished film but it's likely to be remembered for its central performance.
July 6, 2017
Here is a horrendous Niagara of syrupy nonsense: sentimental, cliched and humourless.
July 3, 2017
You won't believe a single minute of it, but you might, despite better judgement, find yourself caring by the end.
July 3, 2017
Much mellowing and life-learning ensues in a plodding dramedy, though the glint in MacLaine's eyes makes it almost worth your while. Almost.
May 12, 2017
A powerhouse performance by Shirley MacLaine is the only reason to get anywhere near this otherwise sappy and predictable vehicle about aging and redemption.
April 7, 2017
It's disappointing to note, then, that The Last Word takes a fairly palpable nosedive into irrelevance as it passes the one-hour mark...
April 4, 2017
Another failed Redeemed Cranky Old Person Movie (Splice Today)
March 24, 2017
Thank goodness for Shirley MacLaine. With anyone else in the lead role, this sweet but uneven indie would have likely buckled under the weight of its mounting contrivances.
March 23, 2017
While it pleases me greatly to see Shirley MacLaine still getting leading roles ( ... ) it's not doing her any favors when it's a movie filled with cliches older than she is.
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