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  • Summary: New Yorker Harvey Shine goes to London for a weekend to attend his daughter’s wedding but promises his boss that he'll be back on Monday morning to make an important meeting.
    Harvey arrives in London only to learn his daughter has chosen to have her stepfather walk her down the aisle
    New Yorker Harvey Shine goes to London for a weekend to attend his daughter’s wedding but promises his boss that he'll be back on Monday morning to make an important meeting.
    Harvey arrives in London only to learn his daughter has chosen to have her stepfather walk her down the aisle instead of him. Doing his best to hide his devastation, he leaves the wedding before the reception in hopes of getting to the airport on time, but misses his plane anyway. When he calls his boss to explain, he is fired on the spot. Drowning his sorrows at the airport bar, Harvey strikes up a conversation with a woman named Kate, and finds himself energized by her intelligence and compassion. The growing connection between the pair inspires both as they unexpectedly transform one another’s lives. (Overture Films)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. 75
    Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson bring credibility to Last Chance Harvey merely by their presence. The result is a holiday parfait.
  2. 75
    Last Chance Harvey is a tremendously appealing love story surrounded by a movie not worthy of it.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    70
    Stars Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson (reunited after 2006's "Stranger Than Fiction") are so disarmingly charming that even the most treacly moments work an emotional magic.
  4. Last Chance Harvey is what it is: a pleasant put-up job, held up by world-class pros.
  5. This mundane romantic comedy is notable for one reason only: its leading couple.
  6. A good chance to see two superb actors having their way with wafer-thin material.
  7. Witless banter might have won Ginger Rogers for Fred Astaire, but Thompson is too smart for that.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 27
  2. Negative: 6 out of 27
  1. TheresaE
    May 11, 2009
    10
    The best movie I've seen in too long a time. From the first time I saw the TV commercial for this, I knew I had to see this film in the The best movie I've seen in too long a time. From the first time I saw the TV commercial for this, I knew I had to see this film in the theater. Money well-spent. This film is beautiful, from the acting through to the camera work and sountrack. This is a movie for grownups looking for drama and character-development. There isn't much funny ha-ha here. This movie is very real look at a time in life that is too often ignored by Hollywood. Expand
  2. [Anonymous]
    May 25, 2009
    10
    Just a little bit hard to accept the magnificent Ms Emma as a love partner to a fading Mr Hoffman - until you realize that this is the plot. Just a little bit hard to accept the magnificent Ms Emma as a love partner to a fading Mr Hoffman - until you realize that this is the plot. Emma explains it all toward the end of the movie in most credible fashion. An 8 as a film, a 10 after you read the director's comments. Expand
  3. EduardoB.
    Jan 10, 2009
    9
    Wonderful adult acting. Nice photography. Good script.
  4. Lisa
    Jan 11, 2009
    7
    Given the mediocre reviews, I assumed it would be disappointing, but I was pleasantly surprised. I thought it was charming and sweet.
  5. TonyB.
    Jun 28, 2009
    6
    Quite appealing, with not a villain in sight.
  6. Sep 19, 2010
    5
    While there were elements of sweetness and sadness, I don't buy these two together at all. For two such great actors, the casting was bad. ItWhile there were elements of sweetness and sadness, I don't buy these two together at all. For two such great actors, the casting was bad. It wasn't natural at all. Frankly, I blame Dustin's weak performance. It may be the editing as well since the progression of this relationship, even in its suddenness, doesn't seem like right at all. The flow just isn't believable. As a result, it seems way over-dramatic. Even for a drama. Expand
  7. luis
    Dec 27, 2008
    0
    Dustin Hoffman makes the worst performance of all his carreer and one of the worst performances of the year.

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