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  • Summary: A group of friends gather to mourn the death of a friend. To carry out his last wish, they embark on a journey to take his ashes from London to the sea.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. 100
    Like finding that perfect stage of moderate drunkenness in which the senses are sharpened rather than dulled, and time passes with leisurely grace.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. A superb film that begins with death, ends in renewal, and finds almost as much to laugh about as to cry for.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    80
    Wry humor and even a certain sexiness break through the reserve of a rueful, realistic, but finally emotionally rewarding film.
  6. The stars ultimately carry the day, the film cumulatively builds both an emotional power and tender wisdom that's very affecting.
  7. The carload of codgers in Fred Schepisi's Last Orders merely bellyache, philosophize, crack unfunny jokes, and ruminate simplemindedly about Death.

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  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 lastI 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. Expand

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