Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
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  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
    Slight but utterly charming.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Last Chance Harvey is the "Before Sunrise" for the over-45 set.
  4. 75
    Last Chance Harvey is a tremendously appealing love story surrounded by a movie not worthy of it.
  5. It's a pleasure to see mature portraits of adult characters who put their vulnerabilities on the line. I enjoyed my time in the company of these strangers.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Harvey is so thin it barely registers as a movie, yet these two actors - British apples and American oranges in their respective approaches to character - almost miraculously weave something memorable out of nothing much.
  7. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Small and surprisingly hopeful film, with beautifully attenuated performances by Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson.
  9. There’s something irresistible about watching two people fall in love, even in contrived, sniffle- and sometimes gag-inducing films like Last Chance Harvey.
  10. 70
    Winds up being a touching portrait of that rarity in the movies: a recognizably human couple with recognizably human problems and quirks.
  11. Hoffman and Thompson are each good enough to bring out a glow in the other.
  12. Basically "Before Sunrise" for middle-aged people, only with less interesting conversations and a more formulaic construction.
  13. Sappy, sentimental and redeemed only by the quiet radiance and fidgety intelligence of its leads, Last Chance Harvey is a fantasy about mopey middle-agers getting a second chance at love.
  14. Last Chance Harvey is what it is: a pleasant put-up job, held up by world-class pros.
  15. 63
    Provides the rare pleasure of a blossoming romance between two people older than Kate Hudson or Ryan Reynolds.
  16. Imagine Paddy Chayefsky's "Marty" saddled with more sentimentality and sprinkled with a few more laughs and you pretty much have Last Chance Harvey.
  17. This mundane romantic comedy is notable for one reason only: its leading couple.
  18. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    Undemanding, observant and beautifully performed, this is Richard Curtis-lite with added reassurance: no challenging questions here.
  19. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    Besides being old pros who could elevate such schmaltz in their sleep, Hoffman and Thompson -- despite the 20-plus years between them, and her graceful restraint in contrast to his creepy assertiveness -- have a genuinely sweet chemistry, which is the exact and only reason to seek this one out.
  20. A good chance to see two superb actors having their way with wafer-thin material.
  21. 50
    If nothing else, Last Chance Harvey proves that you're never too old to be the subject of a zany trying-on-dresses montage, but considering the prestige of its leads, that's a minor victory at best.
  22. Last Chance Harvey is so much an "actors' film" that the hand of the director seems hidden until it bursts into view with something clunky.
  23. 50
    Lately, most of Dustin Hoffman's roles have been grinning crackpots or talking animals, so accepting the 71-year-old actor as a romantic lead who could fetch the likes of Emma Thompson requires some suspension of disbelief.
  24. 50
    This movie is genial, forgettable piffle about the perhaps-beginning of a maybe affair. It's a romantic daydream so slim that it barely leaves the requisite sweet aftertaste.
  25. Distinctly middling, London-set romance.
  26. All this gloomy masochism is made palatable because of the performers. And yet we must ask: Is this any way to show off two of our finest actors?
  27. Witless banter might have won Ginger Rogers for Fred Astaire, but Thompson is too smart for that.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 27
  2. Negative: 6 out of 27
  1. Aug 14, 2010
    Just a really lovely, classy film. Hoffman and Thompson's performance's are so wonderfully understated you can hardly take your eyes off them,Just a really lovely, classy film. Hoffman and Thompson's performance's are so wonderfully understated you can hardly take your eyes off them, even in a movie where not a lot is really happening. The third star of the show is the city of London which looks as enchanting and beautiful as it does even in Richard Curtis' best efforts. It's not a spectacular film, it's not amazing, the best way to describe it is just 'nice', very nice. Full Review »
  2. TonyB.
    Jun 28, 2009
    Quite appealing, with not a villain in sight.
  3. TheresaE
    May 11, 2009
    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. Full Review »