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  • Summary: Last Days is filmmaker Gus Van Sant's fictional meditation on the inner turmoil that engulfs a brilliant, but troubled musician in the final hours of his life. (Picturehouse)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 36
  2. Negative: 3 out of 36
  1. A true American tragedy, directed with skill and conviction.
  2. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    A hauntingly beautiful tone poem.
  3. 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.
  4. 70
    In the end, it feels like a life aestheticized, not examined.
  5. 63
    Van Sant, following "Gerry" and the superb "Elephant," is on the same elliptical quest. His journey is labored but undeniably hypnotic.
  6. 50
    Van Sant's refusal to delve into his subject in anything but an abstract way renders the movie pointless and frustrating -- a lyrical, lovely tone poem, signifying little.
  7. In trouble from its first minutes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 30
  2. Negative: 18 out of 30
  1. Nico
    Jan 30, 2007
    10
    People who use the words chick, crap or dude (in any context) should be sent to a gas chamber. Thank you.
  2. JenniferI.
    Sep 16, 2005
    10
    Not only is this movie genius I am a big kurt cobain fan and I think it explained what he went through and I loved every minute of it.
  3. MattV.
    Dec 28, 2005
    9
    Anyone who doesnt think this movie is great is clearly a moron. It is Art. It is a concept of what thelast days might have been like. If you shop at the GAP or enjoy Vin Disel Movies dont see this. You wont get it and you never will. All those who gave poor reviews... please do us all a favor and go away. This is not my opinion this is artistic fact. Expand
  4. ErikL.
    Aug 20, 2006
    2
    This film is way too loosely constructed and it is pretentious to overlook the fact that it does little to captivate the audience. Michael Pitt's performance mostly consists in grunts and moans and is nothing to be proud of. The religious references throughout are puzzling and it feels like Van Sant is trying to make the average viewer see this as a film about a rockstar evading salvation until his untimely death. Formally speaking, this is not a movie about Cobain, and should not be seen as such. It is a fictional account of the life of an artist similar to Cobain, and as such is not biographically accurate. From the formalist perspective we also have no evidence that he is a junkie. These external interpretations detract from the essential lack of any true cohesion, since the entire film could be summed up in seven minutes. It is another silly attempt by Van Sant to create a film about an event without researching the event; in the nineties his work was excellent but lately he has been trying way too hard to appeal to the sycophantic art critic who actually does not have much of an aesthetic sense. The only redeeming features are Harmony Korine's chat about D&D with Jerry Garcia and when Blake (not Kurt) falls off the stretcher. I can understand people feeling a certain need to praise a film about Nirvana but this isn't what Van Sant set out to do. It is a loosely-constructed showcase of cinematography accompanied Moore and Westerkamp's excellent soundscape, but the plot itself is weak and boring. There are better things to do than to waste 97 minutes on this film. Collapse
  5. Missy
    Dec 15, 2005
    1
    This film is horrible. I was a huge Nirvana fan in 90's. I have all of Kurt's records, read all of the biographies and saw the interviews. This film has nothing to do with Kurt. It is a very slow, boring, artsy film. Barely no dialogue and zero plot. After an hour of excruciating pain, I had to turn it off. Expand
  6. Tim
    Sep 9, 2005
    0
    Not a single redeeming feature. Oh wait, there's one - it ended.
  7. BrockF.
    Nov 28, 2006
    0
    Terrible. Perhaps the worst movie I've ever seen, and I've seen "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation."

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