Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. 100
    It's like Chekhov with a British accent.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    Richly textured, beautifully acted.
  3. 88
    Too many films about the dead involve mourning, and too few involve laughter. Yet at lucky funerals there is a desire to remember the good times.
  4. A movie I loved on first sight and, even more important, love in remembrance. Taken all in all, there's only one last thing to say about it. Go.
  5. 90
    Superbly adapted by Fred Schepisi from the Booker Prize-winning novel by Graham Swift, Last Orders pays quietly passionate tribute to the unsung working-class generation that fought World War II and survived to take up apparently humdrum lives.
  6. Gathering its forces slowly, this careful, thoughtful film, quietly but deeply moving, is dramatic without seeming to be.
  7. The film's biggest strength is the same characteristic that may cause people to underrate it: that the group of friends we watch onscreen feel not like England's greatest actors showing off, but rather a group of friends who have indeed known each other for years through life's little triumphs and large tragedies.
  8. The lifelong friends in Fred Schepisi's marvelous Last Orders actually seem like lifelong friends.
  9. A superb film that begins with death, ends in renewal, and finds almost as much to laugh about as to cry for.
  10. 90
    A funny and touching film that is gorgeously acted by a British cast to rival Gosford Park's.
  11. 100
    Unassuming masterpiece about life, love and the cruel joke of old age.
  12. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    90
    Shows the dying tremors of a generation, and you might feel as if you can see every molecule, every atom give up the ghost.
  13. 100
    Like finding that perfect stage of moderate drunkenness in which the senses are sharpened rather than dulled, and time passes with leisurely grace.
  14. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    90
    Delicately handled and superbly textured, this fine adaptation of Graham Swift's Booker Prize-winning novel deals with all the really big subjects: love, friendship, death, life.
  15. The movie's pace is unhurried by Hollywood standards, but it's all the richer in character detail.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jul 5, 2012
    7
    I found this movie based loosely on the book Family Linen. It is a good story remembering their departed friend as they carry out his last wish. During the travel to disperse the ashes, each remember different times with him and his wife/children. In this time there is discovery of flings and unintended regrets. Very heavy in dialog but a good story. Full Review »