(2003)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 21 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
70
The New York Times
Works in the end because of its commitment to its characters and a handful of fine performances.
70
At once romantic, earthy and socially critical, Latter Days is a dynamic film filled with humor and pathos.
63
New York Daily News
In equal parts earnest and awkward, this romance between a Mormon missionary and an L.A. party boy falls significantly short of its lofty goals.
60
Cox, a fifth-generation Mormon whose own story isn't too far from that of Elder Davis, shows how much of Aaron's strength derives directly from his faith, while even the most homophobic of Cox's characters demonstrate a capacity for both charity and, possibly, change.
50
L.A. Weekly
Though the film covers familiar queer-cinema ground, Latter Days' finely observed truths about the painful costs of being yourself make even the contrivance of its happy ending forgivable.
50
New York Post
A glossy gay soap opera that graphically illustrates new meanings for the term "missionary position."
50
The Hollywood Reporter
This directorial debut from C. Jay Cox is a sometimes comic melodrama.
50
Variety
Falls back on the broad characterizations and stereotypical situations that typified the earliest gay-themed movies, while preaching a familiar (though not entirely ingenuous) message of tolerance.
30
Village Voice
Cox's tacky melodrama is indeed sub-par, but no worse than numerous gay indies.
20
The A.V. Club
Stranding an able supporting cast in mostly disposable roles--including Jacqueline Bisset, Mary Kay Place, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Amber Benson--Cox writes himself into several corners, then plots honking contrivances to get out of them.

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