The Last Word Reviews

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September 12, 2017
It manages to avoid being too formulaic.
July 11, 2017
This is a curious mix of The Blind Side, High Fidelity and A Christmas Carol.
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 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.
March 17, 2017
The occasionally retired Ms. MacLaine is ever quick with a retort, but this is one lead-footed comeback we all could have done without.
March 17, 2017
Even when surrounded by junk, the 83-year-old MacLaine still has plenty of pep. She's a treasure, but "The Last Word" doesn't do her or her legacy justice.
March 10, 2017
By the time MacLaine's character Harriet shows real humanity, all sympathy for her character's loneliness has long since vanished.
March 10, 2017
I hope that in the name of her decades-spanning career and six Academy Award nominations (plus one win), we might do MacLaine the small courtesy of forgetting that this pedestrian and dull comedy ever happened.
March 10, 2017
Beyond the contrivance and a gimmicky story that not only would never happen but would never happen in the way it happens here, there are positive aspects to "The Last Word."
March 9, 2017
Let the plausibility-stretching contrivances begin!
March 9, 2017
Director Mark Pellington and first-time screenwriter Stuart Ross Fink lack Weitz's sense of taboo-busting mischief, opting instead for the more mundane strategy of unearthing hidden heartache.
March 9, 2017
A moribund movie that doesn't have a spontaneous, surprising - or genuine - bone in its body.
March 9, 2017
Nothing in the movie will surprise you, unless you've never heard an 8-year-old drop an F-bomb.
March 9, 2017
Treacly and bromidic ...
Top Critic
March 8, 2017
Totally unconvincing, contrived, and phony as one of those reducing creams that promise to eliminate varicose veins but only give you hives.
March 7, 2017
That it starts off promisingly and then seems to drop off in quality has more to do with MacLaine's performance than with Pellington's fitful direction or Stuart Ross Fink's cutesy script.
March 3, 2017
To get to what's good about The Last Word, you're obliged to take it warts and all.
March 2, 2017
You can sense old pro MacLaine and younger pro Amanda Seyfried exerting themselves as they pour their considerable collective charisma into the venture, but they're beating the chest of a patient that has long since flatlined.
March 2, 2017
There's some scathing satirical potential in this setup - the privileged white doyenne exploiting black poverty - but that would require backbone, edge and honesty, none of which this movie finally has.
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