Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 36
  2. Negative: 3 out of 36
  1. 100
    Last Days is a definitive record of death by gradual drug exhaustion. After the chills and thrills of "Sid & Nancy" and "The Doors," here is a movie that sees how addicts usually die, not with a bang but a whimper. If the dead had it to do again, they might wish that, this time, they'd at least been conscious enough to realize what was happening.
  2. A true American tragedy, directed with skill and conviction.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    In its unstated cynicism, beauty, and self-pity, Last Days fits the myth of Cobain like a torn pair of jeans.
  4. One of this year's indisputably great films.
  5. 83
    It's an experimental film about a sensational event, placing tragedy in the context of the dulling normality of human life and resisting easy interpretation, just as did the inexplicable death of Kurt Cobain.
  6. The result is a movie that seems not quite real and yet never false but somehow partakes of both -- rather like the prospect of death.
  7. The poetry of Last Days has a stoned grandeur.
  8. 90
    Despite all of Van Sant's narrative feints and coy protestations, the audience is left with one searing memory after seeing Last Days, and that memory is of Cobain. Was he, as Gordon's character suggests at one point, simply a rock-and-roll cliche? Or was he a visionary genius, as the name of Pitt's character implies?
  9. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    A hauntingly beautiful tone poem.
  10. 100
    The brilliant concluding chapter in the death trilogy that inspired Gus Van Sant's artistic rebirth.

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