(2001)

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78

Metascore

Based on 31 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Like finding that perfect stage of moderate drunkenness in which the senses are sharpened rather than dulled, and time passes with leisurely grace.
100
Baltimore Sun
It's like Chekhov with a British accent.
90
New Times (L.A.)
The film's biggest strength is the same characteristic that may cause people to underrate it: that the group of friends we watch onscreen feel not like England's greatest actors showing off, but rather a group of friends who have indeed known each other for years through life's little triumphs and large tragedies.
75
New York Daily News
It is remarkably, unsentimentally dramatized by Fred Schepisi, courtesy of the pitch-perfect performances of its ensemble British cast.
75
Miami Herald
It's a warm, skillful excavation of what look like ordinary lives, ones that aren't so simple once you dig a little deeper.
75
The stars ultimately carry the day, the film cumulatively builds both an emotional power and tender wisdom that's very affecting.
50
New York Post
A ho-hum male weepie/road comedy that's worth watching mostly because of a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of England's greatest working-class actors.
50
The New Yorker
Never quite shrugs off its literary manners. [18 & 25 Feb 2002, p. 200]
40
The temporal jumps between the present and varying points in the past deprive the film of a sense of completeness; the transitions from scene to scene are largely disorienting, leaving you struggling to find your bearings.
30
Village Voice
The carload of codgers in Fred Schepisi's Last Orders merely bellyache, philosophize, crack unfunny jokes, and ruminate simplemindedly about Death.

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