(2012)

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Metascore

Based on 9 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
It's a fascinating film that I enjoyed thoroughly.
70
Unlike, say, Val Kilmer's Jim Morrison in "The Doors," Thomas makes no attempt to create a convincing facsimile of Hank Williams, which is just as well, since he bears little resemblance to the sinewy singer.
60
It portrays Williams in a generally sympathetic light without whitewashing his vice-loving, belligerent ways or mythologizing them in a bid for postmortem psychoanalysis.
50
The New York Times
This one is for Hank Williams fanatics only, and Mr. Thomas puts a dark and subtle sheen on a disappointingly watery script. Cover versions of Williams's songs - several sung by his daughter, Jett - remind us why he mattered, even as the movie fails to do the same.
50
With a foretold ending and long stretches of pure driving, The Last Ride squanders its potential, much like its tragic subject.
40
At least Thomas gives a suitably burned-out performance as Williams. He's almost enough to melt your cold, cold heart.
40
Thomas offers particularly fine work, but the underwritten script, which relies too much on sentimentality, gives him little to do.
40
Dramatically thin, formally uninspired and thematically weak, The Last Ride really goes nowhere.
25
A typical wax-museum reproduction of the American South in which every detail is Southern in bold all caps, and not a single scene over the course of the film's 102 minutes rings true.

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